Checking in on your fitness goals
With just over a month to the start line for the 2018 Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, you may find your motivation starting to flag. Hey, don’t despair that’s normal at this point in your preparation, which is why our friends at YMCA Victoria have you covered with these handy tips for staying on track.
Finding the time to exercise within a busy schedule can be challenging and often achieving your fitness goals can feel like a never-ending challenge. Thoughts like “I’ll go on that run tomorrow…” or “I’m too tired to workout today…” creep in and give us excuses to skip exercise.
So why do we struggle to stay motivated to do something we know makes us feel great? While motivation or a lack of time may seem like the problem, it might actually be your goals that need reassessing. Here are some important things to remember when setting goals for yourself:
Step One: Re-evaluate and self-reflection
Take a moment and think about your fitness goals and how you plan on achieving them. What kind of exercise do you enjoy? Are you self-motivated, or do you rely on others to motivate you? Are your goals challenging enough or are you staying in your comfort zone? To achieve your fitness goals, and maintain them, you need to find the right type of exercise that fits into your daily schedule, stay self-motivated and challenge yourself. Being honest with yourself is the first step towards setting fitness goals you feel motivated and excited about.
Step Two: Ensure your goals are achievable
If you struggle to fit in one workout a week, don’t aim to do one every single day. Setting an unachievable goal will destroy motivation pretty quickly. Set a more realistic goal and work your way up from there. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up – often it can be tempting to give up if things don’t go exactly to plan. Missing one workout is better than giving up altogether!
Step Three: Ensure they’re measurable
We all want to feel and look good. But while this may be your end goal, it is a difficult goal to measure. Giving yourself practical, measureable goals will keep you motivated, and therefore more likely get the most out of your workouts. Having a benchmark to constantly strive to improve can to addictive.
Suggestions for practical, measurable goals:
– How far can you reach your toes
– How many push ups/sit ups you can do in one minute
– How long you can you run for
– How many laps can you swim in half an hour
Step Four: Tell people about it
Telling a family member or friend about your goals can act as a motivator. If nobody knows about your plans, it’s a lot easier to talk yourself out of them. Telling your family might even encourage them to join you!