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How to Set Fitness Goals and Smash Them

The new year is upon us and with that,most people start to set goals that they want to achieve. Fitness goals are almost always at the top of the list for many people this time of year. If you have every felt defeated by your past goals for fitness, this post is for you. Here are my  tips on how to set goals you can achieve while challenging yourself to aim higher.

Be honest with yourself- It’s easy to aim high for fitness goals and while there is nothing wrong with wanting to achieve a higher goal, it is very important to recognize that setting a goal that is too hard to do due to your fitness level at the time can make achieving it seem impossible. Try to set goals that are attainable by being honest with yourself about your fitness level. You can always set a higher goals as you gain fitness levels.

Set short term goals to meet longer term goals- Setting a goal to do something 6 months from now can make it hard to stick with it. For one, you see it as so far in the distance that it can be easy   to slack off or it seems like you will never get there. Set smaller goals inside of your larger one to give yourself something to achieve in the meantime.

Get an accountability partner- For many people, trying to work on fitness goals alone leaves it open to too much slack time or excuses. Getting an accountability partner can help with this, even if their goals are not exactly the same as yours. This person can help you by being there when temptation hits to skip out on gym time or they can also help you by cheering you on when you meet or exceed a goal.

Be specific about your goal- Many people fail in their fitness goals because they are not specific enough. Saying something like, “Get healthier” leaves too much room for giving up or giving in. Instead, make specific goals like ‘ Run for 3 minutes without stopping’ or ‘Complete my first 10k’. This gives you something specific to focus on so you know if you are successful or not.

Share your success- Find a community online or  in real life that you can share your success with. I find that simply sharing on  my Instagram with hashtags such as #fitness, #plussizefitness or #gym help me find like minded others who cheer me on. This really helps me keep up my personal momentum.

Take a look at past failings and adjust- There is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to failing in fitness goals in the past. A fail is simply an attempt that didn’t work out and in order to push past these, you need to look at what caused you to stumble before so you can adjust them for your current fitness goals. Taking a long, honest look at your past and where you tripped up can help you meet and exceed this time.


Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog

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