How to Set Fitness Goals

I know what your thinking, goals schmoals- It’s the new year and everyone is talking about reslutions and goals. I get it, maybe you’ve had bad experience with goal setting or new years resolutions. Maybe you write something down and never go back to it, maybe you’ve tried and failed. But I want to provide a case for setting Fitnes goals- and why this year might be a great year to give it a go. 

After 2020 many folks set the bar low for their fitness, just aiming to “move” to “do something” to stay active. Guilty as charged, right here.  While this is a minimum standard  and better than nothing, it’s a low bar that will lose momentum and progress. 

We have a great opportunity now in 2021 to reflect back and ask ourselves, What’s important to me now? What’s important to me in my health and Fitness? What can I choose to work towards this year, or even better in the next three months. I think breaking goals down into 3 month chunks is way easier than tiring to stay motivated for a goal over the course of 12 months.

So how do we do it? Here is a simple strategy:

Step 1: Asses: Yes, in order to know what you want, where you want to go – its important to take inventory of wher eyou are now. If want to be a better runner, then measure your 1 mile run. Where are you now?

Here are the main fitness categories in the fitness wheel: Which aspect needs some attention?The eight sections in the Wheel of Fitness represent different aspects of fitness and where you might be in that area. Seeing the center of the wheel as 1 and the outer edges as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each area of fitness with a dot, then connect the dots with a line to complete a new circle. If this wheel represents your fitness journey, how bumpy would the ride be? 

Step 2:Choose 1 Fitness Goal & A Measuring stick. What will you measure? 

For example- if I want to be a better runner- Then I will measure my 1 mile run time. 

Step 3: Set end Goal and work backwards:  In other words set micro goals on the way to your big goal: It’s important to have and celebrate micro goals on the way to your big goal. For example; If you want to run a marathon, breaking your running and recovery down into smaller running/recovery goals each week/month will set you up for success. 

  • What are your micro goals – Work backwards from the larger goal:

These are the small action steps on the way to the big goal.

Example: If my goal is to run 1 mile under 10 minute, first i’ll measure my 1 mile run time now. I will start running 400’s and measure my pace aiming to decrease it each week. Then after 1 month, i’ll run two 800 meters, aiming to decrease my time, then i’ll run 1 mile 2x a week and measure my time. 

Step 4: Ask what do I need to do/who do I need help or support from?

Do you need help from a coach, or support from a family member. Reach out- and ask for it! 

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