What is up with everyone losing weight? At one time, I was scrolling through Instagram only to find posts related to people losing tons of weight. Their before v/s after pictures showed great body transformations! But one question I’m unable to avoid is – What are your fitness goals?
It’s no surprise, modern medicine and technology make an ideal couple for fitness and beauty freaks these days. You do not even need liposuction to lose weight thanks to all the latest technology you can lie down and take a nap while the specialist fat freezes your body! Now that is saying something. One would feel two ways about this “fitness goal” thing;
- Either they want to lose weight as fast as they switch from one app to another
- Or they will just get tired of looking at those amazing body transformations and be done with their day.
To be honest, the majority of us are going to opt for the second option which is kind of okay because not everyone has reached the motivational point yet that would kick us to get our yoga pants on. While those who are already doing it, kudos to you!
How can You Define a Fitness Goal?
Now, this is the interesting part, when you say the word “fitness” all you can imagine is Chris Hemsworth rocking body or have a stunner model’s body like Alessandra Ambrosio or Adriana Lima (which is well-toned by the way) but that’s just not it.
Fitness goals vary with each person. For some healthy diet is the best fitness routine, some like to eat only greens and organic food items while some switch towards exercising and protein diet.
So to answer the question: anything that helps you stay fit, headstrong, active, and healthy as a horse means is your fitness goal.
One thing you should probably know is that fitness is not a one night stand, but it’s a long-term marriage between yourself and your motivation level to stay fit and healthy. Isn’t it amazing to have toned legs and abs and a tuck-in tummy? Well, sorry to burst your bubble but no amount of abstract goal or short cuts are going to help you.
Let your Sorry Ass be Thankful for Once! Things you Need to Add in Your Fitness Goal Bucket List
Once upon a time, I got a gym membership, and I loved working out, the routine was pretty great too and despite not shutting my mouth like I was supposed to, I ate whatever my tummy asked me to. Turns out even eating fries four times a week and having other junk food didn’t add any extra calories as I was burning a major part of it. Long story short I didn’t have any particular goals except for just losing weight.
Like I said earlier, abstract goals are useless; they may do more harm than good because you lack a sense of direction. So you need to ask yourself;
- For how long you want to do this?
- How much weight do you want to lose?
- How many workouts can you maintain?
You need to stay focused, and make smart fitness goals for weight loss and a healthier version of you is just a few workouts away. Let’s begin with 4 simple fitness goals accompanied by strong resolutions;
Keep Improvising your Workout Routine
Many of you might be aware of the fact; initial days are the easiest days, your body loses weight at a quick pace. Once your body gets accustomed to the routine (which hardly takes 14 days) your body slows the calorie-burning process.
Your body triggers itself to adjust in the new routine so you need to put double effort to lose the desired weight or whatever goal you have in mind. Intercept your fitness workout routine each month. You can do this by looking for a new workout regime. YouTube is your best chance for online DIY workouts. If you did aerobics last month then you can switch to weight training or can even try dance training!
Stretch your Body
Body warm-up is an essential part of workouts. Light stretching early in the morning is a mood booster and helps to strengthen your muscles too. Just imagine if you go on an early morning walk and bump into a cute guy wouldn’t that make you cheerful (besides the fresh air and healthy routine of course)?
Before walking, jogging, or even a regular workout, stretch healthy 10 minutes. Remember the cramp you had the other day right after squats? Yeah, you probably forgot to stretch your body. So be careful about it too.
Stretching is not only related to your workout routine, you can do it any time of the day you want.
Do you Want a Partner?
Say yes! There’s a reason why you need to have a workout buddy who will hold you accountable for achieving your goals and cheer you up when you feel down.
When you work out with a partner, you are less likely to skip your routine. So who should be your workout buddy? It can be your husband or wife, friends, or even a good neighbor….anyone you are comfortable to burn some calories with is good to go.
But how will you manage with a tight office schedule? Simple, team up with your favorite colleague and get a membership to the same gym. Now you see? It’s really simple.
Remind Yourself Why
Remember the time when you wanted to fit in a dress two sizes short and couldn’t because you broke up with your boyfriend? Your stress eating led you to become two sizes larger and now your summer body is all ruined thanks to a stupid breakup.
No offense though, but you need to remind yourself of such times. Fitness goals should not be mood or emotion-oriented but need to be practical. You need to fit in that dress or jeans. Aim to fit in. keep exercising, continue your walks, and eat plenty of proteins.
How to Set Fitness Goals?
Learn to walk before you can run. It’s a basic rule, applies in every part of your life especially towards your fitness routine. The only thing keeping you from actually starting a good routine is your fear or lack of motivation. Keep a goal in your mind (remember the dress?) and work towards that goal. Set a time frame and start at a slow steady process.
Fitness is a lot similar to medicine. Your body takes time to heal itself from all the absurd cruelties you put it into towards a healthier you. There’s no point in rushing towards it, take your sweet time and enjoy the journey as long as it lasts.