When it comes to self improvement, setting goals becomes a necessary practice that enables individuals to bask in the success of accomplishing a desired outcome. In this day and age, the achievement of fitness goals is a common journey of personal development for many. Whether it is losing a couple of extra pounds, toning the body after a pregnancy, or gaining muscle for a bodybuilding contest – a wide range of personal goals provide just the right motivation for millions to change the way they look and feel.
In order to set goals that breed successful change, consider the following fitness objectives that may assist in your self-help quest:
1) Regular Workouts
Under recommendation people to limit themselves when working out to anywhere from two to five days a week. The sessions should last anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes. When doing these workouts most people focus on the time they spend working out rather than the quality of the workout. This is a common mistake. The quality in which you workout is what really gives you the results you desire. Also keep in mind that it's OK to workout less on the days you do not feel your best and push yourself when your feeling that you can.
2) Mix It Up
To achieve a total body workout in a week you should not limit yourself to one set of exercises. A full workout week should include most of the following if not all of the following: such as walking, running, jogging, bike riding, treadmill, jump roping, light weight training, push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, stretching, and aerobics.
3) Healthy Surroundings
One crucial step many people skip is changing your environment. This step is where you get rid of all junk food tempting you in your home. Check the fridge and pantries. Get rid of all junk food and replace it with healthy food. This way you can indulge in a snack without ruining your workout program.
It is always easier to reach your fitness goals if you have a little support. Call up your best friend to plan a time you can walk together. Get a hold of a co-worker or two and take a short walk on your breaks. Maybe even include your significant other by joining a gym, attaching kickboxing, or an aerobics class.
5) Stay in Motion
To increase the amount of activity you encounter on a daily basis, a few tricks to consider include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, as well as parking further out during a trip to the grocery store. There are also plenty of things to turn towards on the home front that can help the achievement of personal fitness goals. Consider running in the park with your dog, mowing the lawn, taking up gardening, or challenge the kids to a fun game of T-ball in the backyard.
6) Eat Well
It does not matter how much exercise you participate in, if you are eating a thousand calories in the middle of the night – all of your hard work is for nothing. Eating well-balanced meals is just as important as staying in motion. Additionally, never skip breakfast and always keep a healthy snack on hand to tide you up until lunch or dinner. It is also recommended to keep a water bottle by your side in an effort to extinguish cravings.
Credits: Kale McClelland