the fitness journal
Setting Your Own Goals
Napoleon Hill once said that “a goal is a dream with a deadline” and I couldn’t agree more. Even if you go into your fitness plan with the best intentions, it’s still essential to set daily, weekly and monthly goals to maintain consistency and keep improving.
I always maintain that goal setting is crucial for fitness success. Once you create a goal, you can work your way back to figure out exactly what you need to do to reach it. Without set goals and a clear plan, your results will be based on guesswork and have no real foundation. It’s also much more difficult to stay motivated when there is nothing tangible to aim towards.
In order to achieve your long term goals, you have to conquer your daily goals. Your daily goals represent the steps you need to take each day to achieve your long term results.
It’s such a great feeling and motivation to push yourself and smash those fitness goals to make way to something even bigger and better.
The first step to achieving your goals is calculating your calorie intake based on your fitness plan. This will consider the type of activities you are doing and the length of time spent on fitness.
Again, it is essential to work this out otherwise you risk getting totally lost without any focus. Once you know what you need to be eating, you can set your daily calories and make sure that you hit them in tandem with your training.
Another nutrition-related goal is to track your results. This will help you to adapt your food as you progress. It is essential to adjust or recalculate your calorie demands as your body changes to stay on track.
Exercise goals are also important. Setting weekly goals for how many sessions you are going to aim to do is a good place to begin but remember that quantity doesn’t mean quality. More hours in the gym doesn’t always guarantee better results because you have to focus on training quality too. If you’re not sure about how to complete a certain exercise or use equipment, ask the experts.
I always remind my clients that it can make a negative impact on your goals and your body if you exercise without being fully aware of how to use your tools and how to use your body. Remember, the one who asks the most questions will learn the most.
For a training plan to be successful, you need to set training goals and plan progress with your weight/reps/sets. If you always do the same actions, you will always get the same results. To achieve more you have to consistently up the ante - plan increases in your weight or reps to ensure there is always a training stimulus for improvement.
Now go and get started! Remember, you need to answer the following questions before you get going:
- What are your specific fitness goals?
- How many calories do you need to eat a day to achieve them?
- How many gym sessions each week do you need to do?
- What are your weekly and monthly targets?