Health & Fitness Goals
Hey guys, let’s talk about health and fitness today. But first, tell me how many of you made a resolution this year to bring a change in their lifestyle? Did you promise yourself that you will take care of your health and not take it for granted? What about making plans for following a fitness routine for the whole year? If you are struggling with achieving your fitness goals, then this post is for you. In this post, I’ll be sharing some helpful tips to achieve your health & fitness goals.
Do you know? It takes 21 Days to Make or Break a Habit!
Well, I don’t know about you, but at the beginning of this year, I promised myself that I will take care of my health and follow a fitness routine. And, as soon as I started my health & fitness journey, I knew it won’t be easy and I will be facing a lot many challenges along the way.
We have stepped into March and the last 2 months have been very tough for me. During the 1st month, I was able to somehow keep up with my fitness routine and achieve the weekly goals as well.
However, the 2nd month turned out to be really challenging. I got sick in the month start, lost all my stamina. It took me more than a week to get back to follow my fitness routine. But, just a few days into it & I fell sick again, thanks to the extended winters and bad weather in Northern India.
Well, I’m not complaining but that really took a toll on my physical as well as mental well being.
The good part is I didn’t lose hope and am ready yet again to start my fitness journey from scratch. Staying motivated is crucial when you are talking about the life-changing journey. You should know that it’s for your wellbeing & you have to do it even if you keep facing roadblocks. Keep moving no matter what. When you stop trying that’s where you start failing.
Falling doesn’t mean Failing!
I am sharing 5 tips below which I am following & believe that these will definitely help me in achieving my health & fitness goals.
1 – Define your Health & Fitness Goals clearly
The most important tip that can help you achieve your health & fitness goals is by setting & defining your goals clearly. Most of the times, we only have a vague idea of what we want to achieve.
Like for example, if I say my goal is to get fit & healthy this year. This is such an unrealistic and vague goal statement. It’s important to have realistic goals both short term as well as long term.
So, if I say that I want to lose 20 Kg weight this year, it can be categorized as my ultimate long term goal. And, if I say that in the next 3 months, I want to improve my stamina by including a physical activity in my routine that would be more clear & probably an achievable short term goal.
I have written down my ultimate goal followed by quarterly goals. Then, I have monthly goals as well which push me towards achieving my quarterly goals. And, I also make weekly plans to keep myself on toes always.
Having short term goals also helps in understanding what is working for us and what can be excluded from the routine.
My ultimate goal- Take up trekking! Go on 5-6 hikes in a year.
2 – Have an Effective Fitness Plan
Next tip is to design an effective fitness plan. Once you have written down your goals, the next very important step is to have a fitness plan. It will be your action plan. Write down your problem areas & weaknesses, what actions to plan to take to achieve your goals. Basically, your fitness plan should give you direction, how you are going to achieve your goals.
Again, be realistic! Don’t just write that you will do an hour of cardio on Day 1, because that is just not going to happen. Do remember there will be bad days and setbacks too. Design your plan keeping all these points in mind.
To achieve my weekly goals, I have my week plan with to-do points. And, I like writing everything in detail, from when I wake up till I go back to sleep and everything in between.
3 – Be prepared for setbacks
All days are not good, we all know that. Moreover, I have realized when we start with our fitness journey, everything seems a bit difficult to achieve. Usually, the initial days are full of energy and motivation. But, after a time, things start getting monotonous or we start losing interest. Like, in my case, I fell sick twice in a month which totally demotivated me. I was struggling to start over again.
But, my goals and fitness plan helped me get back to my routine. Now, I know I still have a month to achieve my quarterly goals. What if I hadn’t written down my goals or had no plan in place? Probably I would have not been able to understand from where to start again.
4 – Keep a Daily Journal
Maintain a daily journal to keep a track of your fitness journey. It’s a very simple tip but can play a really crucial role in achieving your health & fitness goals.
I usually like to maintain a daily time table wherein I have already specified tasks as per time. And, I keep checking it if am able to follow it or not. It is just to bring in a discipline to my lifestyle.
5 – Enjoy your Fitness Journey & Have Fun!
And, now the last tip that I want to share is to enjoy your fitness journey. As I always say, traveling is more about enjoying the journey rather than just waiting to arrive at the destination. Similarly, in our fitness journey, it’s important to enjoy every bit of it, rather than just thinking about achieving the ultimate goal.
If you will enjoy it, there’s a greater chance of achieving your health & fitness goals. I take selfies & sometimes make videos where I talk about how I am feeling on that particular day. It’s like talking to myself. If you can have a fitness buddy then nothing can beat it, buddies help keep each other motivated.
So, these are some tips from my experience which helps keep me motivated. And am very sure that these will help me in achieving my ultimate goal as well. If you have any other tip which you want to share with others, do write them down below in the comments section. Do share this post with your friends and family!