Friday, January 22, 2016

How to Set Attainable Fitness Goals #FitnessFriday

Did you make a resolution to get fit this year? For the first time in many years, I did not set that goal for myself. I'm pregnant, and I have to say, I have felt so yucky during this pregnancy that I just haven't wanted to exercise a whole lot. As the pregnancy weight piles on, especially in these last two months, I know that I need to make a change for my health, and the health of Baby S.

Setting fitness goals doesn't have to be a huge pain. The key is setting attainable goals. It's better to start with small goals, and work toward those goals- to eventually reach a big goal.
Doing this will help you realize that yes, you are actually making improvements, and seeing results.

First, ask yourself why you want to set a fitness goal? Is it for weight loss, overall good health, or wanting to keep up with your family? Those are all great reasons. My reasons for wanting to get fit usually center around good overall health, and sometimes around weight loss. Mostly, however, I want to be able to keep up with my active family. They love to run, hike, and play- and I have a hard enough time keeping up with them with a bad knee.

What's your big goal? Is it to lose a few pant sizes? Are you trying to reach a goal weight? Be sure to pay attention to where your weight should be according to your height. You should also check in with your doctor before beginning any new type of exercise or fitness program- especially if you're doing it to reach health goals.

Once you have your big goal set, you can start mapping out your smaller goals. What type of exercise works best for you, or do you most enjoy? It could be running/walking, biking, swimming, yoga, etc. A combination of core training and cardio can really boost your metabolism and tone your body. I personally enjoy a combination of aerobic walking, pilates, and yoga.

Here are some great tips for setting and reaching your fitness goals...

Make a schedule and stick to it.
Track your progress- either by writing down your time spent exercising, or by using a fitness App.
Track results. Losing weight and feeling great? Take note!
Exercise with a partner or friend. It can be more fun, and it helps to have someone else who will hold you accountable.
Mix it up. Switch your exercise routine every few days, so you don't be bored and hit a plateau.
Don't get discouraged. Not seeing the weight drop? Not to worry- if you're building and toning muscles, just remember that muscle weighs more than fat.
Start small. Start out by exercising 15 - 20 minutes a day, or 30 minutes for 3-4 days a week. increase activity as you see fit.
Make it fun. Go on a family or group walk, listen to music while you exercise, and do it with a smile on your face- you're doing something wonderful for your body!

What are your 2016 fitness goals? Mine are to tone my body up before baby is born, and then I'll work toward losing baby weight after she has arrived. I look forwrd to hearing about your fitness goals, as well! Share them with us in the comments!

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