Keeping up with fitness goals can be difficult, especially when life gets in the way. However, the key to achieving your fitness goals is to be consistent & stay on track. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, don’t worry! It’s never too late to get back on track with your fitness goals. Here are some of my best tips to help you get started.
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Why are daily fitness goals important?
Staying fit and healthy is essential for leading a happy and productive life. However, achieving your fitness goals can sometimes be a challenging and overwhelming task (please note that this article is written by someone that struggled hard with her weight for 20 years and has since lost and maintained over 100 lbs, you can read more about that here).
One way to make it easier to achieve a fit body is by setting daily fitness goals. Here are some reasons why daily fitness goals are important.
The article on “How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle” from Wikihow provides a comprehensive guide on living a healthy lifestyle.
It defines a healthy lifestyle as a way of living that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The article emphasizes the importance of eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in regular physical activity, getting enough sleep, managing stress, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, and developing positive relationships.
It also provides practical tips and suggestions on how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life. Read more about what Wikihow has to say here.
Provides Focus and Direction
Setting those daily fitness goals gives you a clear direction of what you want to achieve. It provides focus and helps you prioritize your daily activities. By breaking down your long-term fitness goals into small, achievable daily goals, you can create a roadmap that guides your daily actions towards your desired outcome.
I personally thrive more in general if I start my day planning out a few little healthy goals I would like to achieve that day.
Builds Habits and Consistency
Setting daily fitness related goals help build healthy habits and promote consistency. Consistency is key to achieving your fitness goals/dreams because it helps you create a routine that becomes a part of your daily life. By setting daily achievable goals, you develop a habit of prioritizing your fitness and staying consistent with your workouts.
This habit formation helps you stay committed to your fitness journey in the long run, and it will also help you maintain that progress once you get there.
Daily fitness goals can also boost your motivation to exercise and eat right, and it can make your self-esteem skyrocket upward. Even little achievable goals that you can accomplish on a daily basis gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
When you achieve your daily goals, you feel more motivated and inspired to continue working towards your long-term fitness goals. This motivation can be a powerful force in helping you stay consistent and committed to making your fitness dreams come true. That motivation will also transfer over into other parts of your life too, making you more motivated in general.
Setting daily goals towards fitness can help hold you accountable for your desire to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.
By setting specific, measurable, and achievable goals (things as little as drinking a certain amount of water per day, or getting a certain number of steps), you can track your progress and hold yourself accountable for achieving them.
Additionally, having an accountability partner can also help keep you on track and motivated to reach those goals. So, don’t do it alone. Find a friend that also wants to be healthy and check in with each other regularly.
Evaluate Your Current Situation
If you find that you have fallen off the fitness wagon…the first step in getting back on track is to evaluate your current situation and figure out why you are struggling in the fitness department in the first place.
This means taking a brutally honest look at your current fitness level, your eating habits, and your daily routine because it all adds up.
A few months back, even I noticed that my pants were getting a bit snug, so I had to get to the bottom of what was going on so that I could set myself up for fitness success (& it only took me a few weeks of work to get back to feeling healthy). Here are some questions that I asked myself.
Ask yourself the following things:
- How often and how long do I exercise? Is it enough for how much I am currently eating?
- Do I have a balanced diet, or am I eating too much junk?
- Am I stress eating? If so, what is causing that behavior?
- How many hours of sleep do I get each night?
- Is my daily routine setting me up for fitness failure?
Once you have a good understanding of your current situation, you can start making changes. I even went so far as to go back over my old fitness journal entries and analyzed my eating habits (both then and now)…I noticed that I was eating far more cheesecake than I did when I was making good progress…so I knew I needed to cut back on the cheesecake.
But, it only took me a few weeks of work to get back to where I like to maintain and feel healthy…so it was well-worth the effort.
Set Realistic Goals
The next step is to set realistic fitness goals so that you’re setting yourself up for success. This means setting goals that are achievable and measurable. For example, if you haven’t exercised in a while, don’t expect to run a marathon in a month because you’ll burn out and be in a lot of physical pain.
Start with small, manageable goals, such as walking for 30 minutes a day, and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
…and make sure that when you’re trying to create calorie deficits in your eating that you don’t go too crazy… I personally set myself up to binge eat if I restrict myself too much and feel like I’m starving.
You gotta find that balance between making progress and not starving yourself (I went over how to understand fitness in general a while back, and it can be helpful for those of you that may not quite understand the way it all works).
Create A Plan Of Action
Once you have set your goals, it’s time to create a plan to achieve them. This means scheduling your workouts and planning your meals in advance (especially if you’re going to be eating out, you need a plan of action).
Make sure to include the right mix of cardio and strength training in your workouts, and incorporate healthy foods into your meals.
You may also want to consider working with a personal trainer or a nutritionist to help you create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Finally, it’s important to stay positive and be kind to yourself. Your attitude is 90% of the battle. Remember that getting back on track with your fitness goals is party of your journey, and there will be ups and downs along the way. You are human, and humans make mistakes…
Instead of focusing on your setbacks (and getting down on yourself for them), celebrate your progress and keep moving forward and focus on the good things that you are doing to head in the right direction.
Also, make sure to surround yourself with positive/healthy influences and stay motivated by visualizing your goals and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Getting back on track with a fit lifestyle is not always easy, but it is possible with the right mindset and approach. By evaluating your current situation, setting realistic goals, creating a plan, finding an accountability partner, and staying positive, you can achieve your fitness goals and live a healthier, happier life.
Remember, it’s never too late to start, so take the first step today and get back on track with your fitness goals.
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