ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS OVERWHELMING YOU BOO?
Do you approach your fitness goals with a feeling of pressure or stress? Maybe you haven’t reached for your goals in fear of failure. You may have benefited from short-term results in the past, but what happened after you reached your target?
If your personal goal leaves you overwhelmed, I have got some tips and strategies to help you build a healthy future you can enjoy.
1. QUICK RESULTS DON’T BUILD HEALTHY LIFE HABITS
After trying and failing to get ‘quick’ results, we learn that healthy habit building is so important to producing positive and lasting results. Enjoy the process!Build your health and exercise routine slowly and make it personal. Using the help of your trainer or coach, you can create steps to a successful, positive lifestyle.
2. GET CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR FITNESS GOALS
Your initial thought may be that you would like to lose 10kgs, but when you look deeper and get curious about your thoughts, you realise that your personal goal is much more than just shedding some extra weight. You will find your ‘big enough’ reason to set a successful fitness goal.
When we feel connected to our fitness goals on a personal and relatable level, we are more likely to engage in physical activity, persist through setbacks and maintain their health goals.
👉🏻 Your reasons are personal and may include: more energy to play with the kids; pick up your grandchildren with ease; or spend more time gardening without pain. Knowing your big ‘why’ will build the foundation you need to set yourself up for success.
3. SMALL CHANGES ARE THE KEY TO FITNESS SUCCESS
We often think that we need to make drastic lifestyle changes to get a result, but small changes add up.
1️⃣ Make small shifts in your daily routine to help you stay motivated.
2️⃣ Changing up your environment by going outside for a short walk, or moving to a different room in your house to workout can help stimulate you and get you excited about your future health plans.
3️⃣ Start drinking more water and less sugary drinks.
4️⃣ Eat healthier carbs and add extra vegetables to your meals.
5️⃣ Take the stairs instead of the lift, or park further from the office or shopping mall.
By setting your fitness goals and knowing your big reason for getting healthier, you are already on the path to greater success.
4. BREAK YOUR BIG FITNESS GOAL INTO SMALLER GOALS
Once you have your big goal identified, you can break it down into smaller, achievable chunks to help you build healthy habits and reach your bigger goal. Release the overwhelm and focus on the smaller goals you set out for yourself.
5. BUILDING A NEW HABIT TAKES TIME
When learning a new skill or developing a new habit, it takes time to master it. Imagine going to University and wondering why you don’t have your degree after the first semester. It seems unrealistic to expect results immediately. But we can hold our personal health goals to a different, unachievable standard which can often set us up for failure before we even get started.
The choices you make today will build the ‘future you’. When you are getting started with the process, allow yourself to question your current habits.
Before repeating an old habit you’d like to shake, ask yourself, ‘Does this serve the future me?’. Be aware of your current habits and consciously decide if they fit in with your new lifestyle.
6. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
You may experience days where you’re ‘all in’ and ready to reach your fitness goals, but prepare for failures. You’re going to have some days where you just rather sit on the couch and eat potato chips (or something else that doesn’t serve you) and that’s okay. Don’t worry about those days.
Everyone experiences setbacks. You have created a strong enough reason to continue achieving your goals. Taking a day off or eating something unhealthy isn’t the end of the world. You can make a different choice tomorrow. Smaller goal setting is forgiving, and you can rebound from an ‘off’ day without turning your back on your bigger goal.
7. ENJOY THE IMMEDIATE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
When we don’t see physical results immediately, we can quickly see the emotional benefits.
You may be interested in a healthier lifestyle to see physical changes in your body, but regular physical activity has many other benefits. Once you start on the path to a healthier lifestyle, you will benefit sooner than you think.
Your fitness journey will come with some significant improvements you can look forward to right now.
Exercise can start improving other areas of your life including:
- Prevent depression and anxiety
- Reduce day-to-day stress
- Reduce the cognitive decline among middle-aged individuals (memory & attention)
- Reduce Fatigue and enjoy a better sleep
- Boost self-esteem
- Increase focus
8. KEEP A FITNESS JOURNAL
Write your intentions down to ensure your fitness goals don’t get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life. Be accountable to yourself so your goals aren’t forgotten when ‘something comes up’.
9. LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL FITNESS GOALS
Break your fitness goals into manageable chunks to release the overwhelm and develop strong healthy habits. Don’t worry if you slip up from time to time. By creating small, manageable fitness goals, you can stay motivated and get the results you are looking for while building new habits and creating a lifelong, healthy lifestyle.