If you’ve not exercised in years, you probably won’t be able to train a week and be ready to enter the Iron Man Competition. We know that at UpFit Academy in New York, NY, and help you to create the perfect path to reach those lofty goals. It all starts when you make small goals and not just achieve them, but surpass them beyond your wildest expectations and then move on to the next. Before you know it, you’re an entirely different person, with a different look and more energy than you dreamed possible.
A goal that’s too big can be overwhelming.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an exciting vision of your ultimate goal, but don’t let that be the only way to measure your success along the way. Think of how you learned everything in your life. In first grade, you probably didn’t read Plato or Socrates, but instead focused on the basics. If you had to wait to receive acknowledgment of success for 12 years, 16 years or longer, you’d get pretty discouraged. Getting fit means setting smaller goal to reach a larger one, just like education. The achievement of the small goals along the way keep you motivated and help you understand how well you’re doing, adding to your motivation to achieve the next goal.
Each goal needs to be specific, with a time frame and plan to achieve it.
One method of making and tracking goals is the SMART method. Smart stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound. That big goal is broken down to smaller, more achievable goals. If you want to lose 50-pounds, you break it down to smaller goals, creating a time frame for each. The new smaller goals should be relevant, measurable, attainable and have a time frame. For instance, I will lose two pounds a week by exercising three days a week and following a healthy diet.
Your smaller goals should still be exciting.
While you normally think of goals as weight loss or loss of inches, it could be other things, too. Do you wear out after one push-up? Make a smaller goal to achieve five in a row within two weeks. If that’s too easy, make it harder. Make it exciting. If losing two pounds a week doesn’t thrill you, make it a monthly goal of losing ten pounds or change your goal to clothing size, where you can try on new clothes to see if you’ve achieved your goal. Your goal should make you look forward to going to the gym and eating healthy to see the progress you’ve made.
- Sometimes, setting goals that are easy to reach can be helpful in the beginning. It gives you success and you can crush those goals, setting your sights on doing that every week or month.
- Always note where your starting point is. Take measurements, weigh yourself, see how long your endurance is and how much you can lift. You need to know your starting point to see if you made progress.
- Expect to feel awkward the first few weeks and to make mistakes. Everyone does. It’s only by trying that you learn and if you’re pushing forward, you’re bound to make a mistake or two.
- A personal trainer at UpFit Academy will help you make goals and adjust them as you proceed. Make them difficult enough to put fire in your belly, but still within your grasp.
For more information, contact us today at UpFit Academy