HOW TO ACHIEVE ALL OF YOUR FITNESS GOALS IN 6 STEPS
We all have fitness goals, but sometimes it feels almost impossible to reach them. In this post, I'm going to go over 6 steps that helped me achieve my fitness goals, and can help you too!
STEP 1: Set short term AND long term goals
When you set goals, it helps measure your success and reach it! I personally set both short term and long term goals for everything in life- especially fitness. Short term goals keep you on track. These are things such as "I want to lose 3 pounds this week" or "I want to be able to do 5 full pushups by Friday". These goals will help you push yourself and reach your fitness goals in the short term, as well as the long term. Without short term goals, the end goal seems too far and too out of reach. You must build up to it and having short term goals helps keep you on track. Long term goals are equally as important. These are things such as "I will to fit into my size x jeans" or "I will be able to do 40 pushups" or. "I will see ab definition". I like setting goals like this so that I have something to work towards long term. My personal long term goals look somewhat like "to be able to do 40 pushups without stopping" and "build my all around muscle" (I personally don't track my weigh or size, I like going by how I feel & look- but do whatever YOU like!) These long term goals will help me have something to look forward to and using a metric (aka 40 pushups) help me to be able to track that in the short term as well. Having a purpose is KEY when tracking your fitness. What are your goals?
STEP 2: Make a plan and STICK TO IT
Making a fitness plan is key to success. I used to go to the gym and have zero clue as to what I was doing / what I wanted to do. Then after about 5 minutes of aimlessly walking around, I'd jump on the treadmill because I wasn't sure what else to do. I would wonder why I wasn't seeing results if I went to the gym?! It was because I wasn't varying my workouts. I'd do pretty much the exact same thing every week and didn't even plan it out. Having a plan is KEY. I created a 30 day program, which takes the thought out of it for you completely. With this program, you'll be able to walk in the gym and know exactly what you're doing! I used to be terrified to walk into the weight area and workout because I thought I looked stupid & was doing the movements wrong (that's fear talking by the way) but with the 30 day program, there are photos on how to do EVERY single move, so I no longer feel intimidated!
STEP 3: Make your goals measurable
This is key to achieving your fitness goals! Without a metric to measure, you aren't able to track your progress- and it will be easy to "fall off" aka stop working out. I like to measure my progress by photos and reps (but you can measure by weight, pant size, whatever you want!) So, for example- I took a photo on day 1 of my challenge and I recorded exactly how many reps I was able to do that day (example: 2 full pushups, then had to switch to on-the-knee pushups). Then by day 15, I saw a clear change in my photos side by side but also my reps! I saw that by day 15, I was able to do way more pushups than day 1, which meant I was getting stronger and closer to my fitness goal! These measurable goals will help keep you on track & motivate you to keep going!
STEP 4: Find motivation
This is another key step to achieving your fitness goals. Some people prefer to have a workout buddy to help motivate them, but I find that workout buddies can sometimes be unreliable and deter you from reaching your fitness goals! So, I prefer to motivate myself by having fitness inspiration photos saved on my phone, a really good playlist to workout to, and a cute outfit. These things motivate me to get up and go to the gym on a daily basis. I look forward to wearing a cute workout set, listening to my bomb playlist, and looking at photos of crazy fit people (aka my fitness inspirations) to help push me into the gym. If you're working out at home you can still motivate yourself! Blast that bomb playlist, open the blinds and let the sunlight in, and put on that favorite workout set of yours and get to work!!! I think having little things to keep you motivated is a key step to reaching your fitness goals.
STEP 5: Stick to a workout plan & nutrition plan
This is one of the most important, if not THE most important step. I beg you... stick to one workout plan and one nutrition plan. If you're doing the 30 day challenge, STICK TO IT for all 30 days! If you're cutting out processed sugar and meat for 30 days, STICK TO IT. If you constantly vary your workouts & what you eat, it will be much harder to see results. I would specifically like to highlight the "nutrition plan" portion of this step. It is imperative that you stick to one diet and not vary what you eat or constantly have "cheat meals". You will be let down when you don't see results because you're eating poorly, even if you're working out! The diet is the most important step to reaching your fitness goals. During my 30 day challenge, I cut out alcohol, cheat meals, processed foods, sugar, soda, meat, and dairy. Mind you, I already didn't drink alcohol or eat meat / dairy, but I am a sugar fiend! I ate sugar (or some form of it) every single day, so that was very hard for me to cut out. I am a firm believer in cutting something out entirely and then slowly letting it back into your life. For me, that was the only way to truly see results. If you're looking to cut out meat but don't want to commit to it- try it for 30 days! If you create habits and stick to it for 30 days, they usually become permanent.
STEP 6: Reward yourself and HAVE FUN!
I am a firm believer in rewarding yourself for reaching your goals. Life is short, why not?! I like rewarding myself once I reach my goals because it's more fun that way! After my 30 day challenge where I did not have a SINGLE cheat meal or piece of sugar, I rewarded myself with a pint of Halo Top ice cream and went to the movies with my boyfriend. It seems cheesy, but giving yourself little rewards for achieving massive accomplishments is so important! I would also like to point out that "rewarding yourself" does not mean stop working out, go on a bender, and basically reverse all of the work you just put in... LITTLE rewards. Moderation is key! It means going out to eat and having a dessert, having that cheat meal you so badly craved for 30 days (uhhh.. shake shack), or even buying yourself flowers. Little rewards are another key to reaching fitness goals because it makes it waaaay more fun. I like to remember to have fun while working out otherwise you'll just be miserable the whole time. I personally think working towards your dream body is FUN. Just stick to it, stay consistent, and keep pushing!
I hope this helped you figure out how to reach your fitness goals! I'd love to hear what your long term fitness goals are & what you'll do to reward yourself once you hit your goals! Once I finish this 30 day challenge, I'm booking a massage!
See you in the next one!