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Setting small fitness goals

If you are lacking motivation at the moment, one of the best things you can do to get in shape or lose weight, is setting small and easily-attainable goals. When it comes to getting fit, many people are like, “all or nothing.” It’s either they go to the gym five days a week, or they don’t exercise at all. It’s either they lose all their excessive body fat in one month, or they don’t even try to lose any. But that’s the wrong way of looking at it.

Everyone, including me, wants things instantly. Studies however, show that losing weight quick might be risky, because people who do that, tend to regain the weight they lost within months. You don’t want that, you need something that is permanent.

Usually, the more you want something, the faster you are likely to make it happen. Today we are going to talk about what to do when your motivation level isn’t high enough . . . yet.

Setting small goals consists of people setting objectives (short and long-term ones) which they truly believe they can achieve. Accomplishing these small goals boosts your self-confidence, which leads to you setting bigger and bigger goals as time passes.

The goal is always chosen by you, and should be easy to keep track of. So, you can decide that you are going to start by working out twice a week for 45 minutes, and you are aiming to lose 0,5 pound (around 0.2 kg) a week. As time passes and you realize that you easily achieved those goals, you might decide to try to work out four times a week for one hour, and lose 1 pound (0.45 kg) a week. And so it continues . . .

Your long-term goal may be to look better for summer, which might be six months away. Monitoring your progress at least every week, is crucial for success! You are going to experience what are called behavioral changes, which although small, are crucial to achieving your objectives in life.

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