Have you figured out what’s in the way of reaching your fitness goals yet? You can see them there in front of you, but you don’t seem to be getting any closer, right? Don’t worry. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for you. It doesn’t mean that you’re a failure and that you’re the only one who can’t get to where you want to be.
Put those thoughts and feelings aside where you’ll never see them again, because you’re about to learn some great tips. These have been tried and tested for making your fitness goals easier to achieve. This doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically reach them. You still need to do the work. However, using these strategies will put them within your reach and give you a path to get to them.
- Set goals with priorities you understand – Goal setting is a process. Many people stand by the S.M.A.R.T. technique (making goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound). That said, fitness doesn’t usually work with this method due to priority issues. With all the other things going on in your life, fitness easily falls to the bottom of the pile. After all, what’s more important, your fitness routine or your commitments to your family and work? The truth is that fitness is extremely important, but you need to make a priority of it so that your routine matches the value you assign to it in your life.
- Don’t look for cookie-cutter tips to help – Sounds a bit hypocritical coming from a tips list, right? The thing is that no single fitness tip will help everyone. Instead, keep looking for great tips and tricks, test them out, and keep the ones that work for you while discarding the ones that don’t. It’s perfectly okay if something works for you and not for your friend, or if your sister swears by a technique that just doesn’t work in your routine.
- Keep yourself accountable – When you keep yourself accountable for everything you do, it will keep your motivation high. This can involve many potential helpful techniques. It may involve using a fitness tracker, finding a fitness buddy (in real life or even online – reporting in and taking pics is a great way to motivate yourself and remain accountable), and consider external forms of motivation such as charging yourself money every time you skip a workout. Place the money in a jar that you’ll donate to charity. Tell someone this plan so that you don’t let yourself off the hook!
- Stop making excuses – If you’re going to skip a workout, own it. Don’t make excuses. Don’t explain why. Accept that you’ve made something a priority over your workouts. Then, do yourself the respect of getting back to your routine the next time. If you miss a workout once, don’t excuse it, accept it, and then get right back on track again.