It’s hard to believe we are closing out another year! Many of us are obsessing about setting new goals and things we will resolve to do and not do. Getting fit and loosing weight are usually somewhere on the list. We obsess about our weight, down to the last ounce and we want it to happen fast..…like Now!
Invariably, when we fail to reach our goals in an unrealistic time frame or see instant results, we cast off the shackles of our restrictive diet and exercise plans and go back to the poor habits we resolved to end. Our weight then naturally creeps up, as we opt for ice cream and cookies instead of fruits and whole grains. We eventually reach a point, rather a weight that sickens us.
Then we decide to buckle down, resolutely determined to succeed this time and get to our pre-college weight, repeating this endless, fruitless, frustrating cycle.
A better way to set fitness goals is to avoid this method of setting weight goals, eating next to nothing, and obsessing over long tedious workouts. Instead set performance based goals for each month or season. For example don’t set a goal of losing 10 pounds in a month; set goals like running a race, such as a 5K, completing a certain amount of workouts in a given time period, or taking a challenging class, such as Zumba ®, my personal favorite!
By setting goals like this, you will gain a greater sense of accomplishment, and in the process look and feel better. Naturally, the weight will come off and I’ve found that when you start to really get into the lifestyle of being fit, you will make better food choices, crave exercise, and enjoy the journey. Now, that’s the way to set fitness goals.
English: Maria Moline, instructor, coaches her Zumba class through the dance choreography in the Patch Fitness Center in U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)