Setting Goals.

The easy part here is recognising what needs to be done – ‘I need to get fit’. Whether this is to run a half marathon, finding your weekend sport a bit too tough, or you generally feel like you need to start working your body, the hard bit is actually doing it, and doing it well.

The main error most people make is giving themselves false hope by having unrealistic expectations about exactly how long it will take to run 10k or bike 80k. Unrealistic goals boost the risk of dropping out of a fitness programme. For example, if you are registered for a half marathon and have left it one week from the day to start training you are only setting yourself up for failure. Instead you need to set a realistic goal and realise your time constraints to achieve those goals.
1Give Yourself Time to Build Your Fitness
The hardest part about getting fit is knowing what is ‘fit’ for you and also how hard to push yourself. Start off lightly just to see where your fitness levels are sitting. For example go for a run and time yourself. This will give you a starting point to work from.
2Set Short Term Goals
Aim at reaching little milestones along your way as opposed to just having one big end goal. For example if you have aimed to run 10k, celebrate the first 4k run or the first day you don’t have to stop and walk.
3Track Your Progress
Using note books, charts or visually tracking your fitness is a great way to keep you on track and motivated. If you don’t know what you have accomplished then you won’t get the motivation or excitement to keep going.
4Think About Long Term Goals
Post up on your wall or fridge at home your long term goal, it makes all the short term goals that much more exciting, see what you are working towards.
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