Whether it’s running your first 5k or setting a squat PR, here are three tips to setting a fitness or exercise goal:
1) Make it specific and measurable. Your goal should be clear and easy to understand. If you want to run a 5k, how far is that and what training plan will you follow to safely add miles? If you are after a weight room PR, what’s your starting point? How will you track your progress and how will you know when you’ve reached your goal?
2.) Now that you’ve identified exactly where you’re going, it’s time to make a plan on how you’re going to get there! Again, get as specific as possible. How many days a week will you train? What time of day? What will you do each day? What about cross-training/rest days? Are there areas you need support or guidance? What obstacles might get in the way of you reaching your goal? Being realistic and thorough about what works with your life, schedule, and other priorities from the beginning makes you more likely to stick to your plan in the long run.
3.) Enlist the help of others! Find a running partner or training buddy. Try group fitness classes and meet new people. When we add a social element to exercise, it can help keep it fun and keep us accountable. Consider a few personal training sessions – the help of a certified personal trainer can get you started on the right track.