Fitness and health should be a priority in your life. If they are not, why not? Without your health, what do you have? Being healthy and physically fit is foundational to living your full potential and fulfilling the calling God has on your life. Fitness does not guarantee immunity to health problems or setbacks. The point is to do all you can to pave the way for a long and vibrant quality of life.
10 Rules for Setting Realistic Fitness Goals
- Health is a choice for 90% of the population. The remaining 10% with disease or illness can likely improve their quality of life by pursuing fitness.
- There are no shortcuts. Getting and maintaining health and wellness is an intentional decision that takes time. You didn’t get in the shape you’re in overnight and you’re not likely to get in the shape you want to be in overnight, either.
- Start with nutrition. Fifty to 70% of the fitness equation is nutrition. This is the easiest place to start, even if you can’t be very active.
- Know your overall goal. Where do you want to be physically and by when? Answers to these questions will help you determine the program, plan, and routine you should be following to get the results you desire.
- Nearly every program works. The key is finding one that you like and are willing to commit to doing over the long term. If you won’t do the program, it won’t work, regardless of how many others have found it successful.
- Don’t focus on your weight. Forget the scale and focus on getting healthy, feeling better, and being stronger. Your weight will take care of itself.
- Focus on your workout. Set short term body-related goals instead of weight-related goals. What you want is the best physical version of you. Whether it’s lighter or not (and it likely will be anyway) is mostly irrelevant.
- Be consistent. Consistency is king. Your goal should be to make fitness a part of your lifestyle, not simply something you do for a while.
- Write down your progress. How do you know what to do if you don’t know what you did? Track: how much? how many? how long? how far?
- Reward yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments. Another good reason to set short term goals…you get to celebrate more frequently.