Reaching Your Fitness Goals

Feb 12, 2013 by

Fitness

 

Hello my Lovies,

Today we have a guest post from EvilCyber.com, as you know I’ve written a lot of articles for EvilCyber and now  he will be contributing to Loving Fit as well :), please give him a warm welcome.

 

Reaching Your Fitness Goals

 
It’s the middle of February and a load of New Year’s resolutions are already forgotten, aren’t they? But what’s keeping people from sticking with them? Here are five points that over the years I found to be rather important to heed when trying to reach your fitness goals.

1. Know where you want to go

A Roman philosopher once said that if you don’t know what port you want to go to, all winds blow in the wrong direction. You basically end up nowhere. This is why it’s so important to know what you want to achieve on your road to health and fitness. Simply saying “I want to get fit” doesn’t cut it, because that could be everything. Find out what “fit” or “healthy” mean to you and form a specific goal out of it that can be measured: lose x pounds, be able to run a 5k etc.

2. Read up, read up, read up

The next step is to educate yourself about reaching your goal. If it’s losing weight, find out about all the different diets out there and which one might work for you. If you want to run faster, investigate what others experienced when trying to improve their running times and what might be a realistic time frame for you to do the same. Going back to the port analogy, this is the point where you know what port you want to arrive at and now you are putting together your map for the journey.

3. Break the big goal into smaller ones

Back when I was rather overweight and started running, my first long-term goal was being able to continuously run for 30 minutes. But from the point of view of then 196 lbs me, this seemed as realistic as planning a moon mission in our backyard. So I broke the “big goal” into smaller ones: reach that corner without taking a break, then reach the next, make it until half-time without a pause and so on. Reaching each small goal showed me that while I still hadn’t achieved the big one, I was doing something right. Smaller milestones keep you motivated on the road to the finish line.

4. Plan on having setbacks

It would almost be a miracle if we reached our goals without experiencing setbacks on the way. It could be a very frustrating day at work that had you fall back into eating six donuts. Or a cold that kept you from working out. Or one of the many other things life throws in our way. If beforehand you acknowledge that these might happen, you can mentally prepare for them: imagine possible setbacks and how you will handle them. Should they then really happen, you already have a plan of action. If it was something like the donut accident, it could simply be telling yourself on that day that you may have lost a day or two, but will continue as planned tomorrow.

5. Be able to stick with it

The most important one I kept for last: Working out three times per week sounds great, but what if you are a very busy mother that barely manages to squeeze all them workouts all into her week? Or when it’s really hard to get up and just do it? Be realistic and take stock of your life in general and see how your new habits can be made to work with it. If doing three workouts per week is impossible, then just do one. If you can’t lose two lbs per week because it makes you feel like starving, lose slower. The biggest part of being able to stick with resolutions is finding out how much change is manageable for you in what time frame. Be a bit ambitious, but don’t try to change too much too fast, because it can make you give up entirely. And that changes nothing.

This guest post way by EC, who writes about home workouts, nutrition, diet and the rest over at evilcyber.com.

 

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  • SuSu

    I completly agree with all these points, especially #4. I know so many people who have a setback and either stop or give up or change directions only to be set back even more.

    • evilcyber

      That’s how it was it for me. The first time I tried to lose weight, I followed a diet I found in a health magazine and it practically had you eat salads all the time. I managed to do it for four days and then was (literally) fed up with it. It took me half a year to finally see that it was simply that diet that wasn’t for me and have the courage to try again.

  • tee_w

    Nice article, mr. Evil! Lol I like #5, always important to keep on going even if things happen!

    • evilcyber

      Yep! :)

  • Lili Suke

    welcome and thank you for the useful information :)

    • evilcyber

      Thank you, Lili! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/felinemenina Anna Carolina F

    Hello Mr. EvilCyber :) We´re happy to have you in our female and rabbit dominated “loving fit clan” :P . Point 1 and 3 do magic in reaching (every) goal you have in life!

    • evilcyber

      I now have visions of being abducted by a clan of female Highland warriors and their war rabbits! :D

  • Diana

    I really like the article! Thank you, EvilCyber :)

    • evilcyber

      Thank you, Diana! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • http://www.paleoowl.com/ Nina_CZ

    Great article, EC! :) Thanks for sharing :))) I also tend to plan too many goals at once, and then I end up being frustrated because I am not able to focus on all of them. I think it is really important to make priorities in life as well as in fitness. I would love to lose some bodyfat, I wanna be able to do pullups and I wanna be much more flexible than I am today. I also wanna get my abs showing and legs much smaller. By having SO MANY GOALS I always distract myself from the most important ones, and I usually end up being ovetrained, unable to workout for days, and in the worst case – sick and stressed. Point 5 is never a problem for me, I can be consistent and focus on my journey and stick to my plans, but I always get mad at myself when I skip two workouts in a row “just because,” or when I try to “cure the soreness” by more movement (and usually become even more sore for 3-4 days).
    So my “new” life plan is now more about FOCUS AND SELFEDUCATION, SLOW PROGRESS and BEING KIND TO MYSELF :)))
    Looking forward to see more articles from you! :))) And for sure will visit your site more often (which I have to admit I didn’t do much lately…)

    • evilcyber

      Heah Nina, I’ll be on the lookout to see you around! :)

      I think learning to know when it’s time to hit the brakes before you do too much can be a fitness goal in itself. Especially when I started, I too wanted it all *now*. But getting overweight took me time and I had to learn that it’s the same when you want to go the other way.

  • http://www.lovingfit.com/ Lvette_1

    Nice to see you here Evilcyber. Thank for a straight forward and honest article, your #5 point took me years to realize. Now, I tailor my workouts to my schedule not anyone else.

    • evilcyber

      Yes, that is how I believe it should be. We all have different needs and priorities and have to put them together to let the “big picture” work.

  • carrots

    I like that you recommend trying out different diets. Just because your best friend is doing well on low-carb doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll succeed as well. You have to keep an open mind and try a few diets out and see what makes you feel the best and helps you reach your fitness goals. So many people think the way they eat is the only way to eat but I don’t find that to be necessarily the case. I think the same is true of workouts. I am a huge Tatiana fan, but honestly if someone was totally hating it and dreading every workout I’d totally suggest they find another form of physical activity that suits them better. Have fun with your workout. If you are miserable, your body isn’t going to cooperate.

    • evilcyber

      Exactly. I lost weight by counting calories, but I can readily acknowledge that to some people that sounds as enjoyable as cutting their toe nails. What always matters the most is what works for you.

  • http://www.jeetchowhan.com/ Jeet Chowhan

    Interesting facts
    discussed for a rookie to set up with some very basic fitness goals. I would
    rather add up with making up an attitude of never giving up. Setting up
    targets of achievement is not as easy it seems to be, it gets difficult at
    times to face the setbacks but strong will power and sense of determination
    would help you achieve your goal.

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