Steps to Reach your Fitness Goals

Often, maintaining your physical fitness level may be more difficult than reaching your fitness goals. Moving backward is much faster and psychologically it can be a blow that stops us from trying again with the same conviction.
Steps to Reach your Fitness Goals

Last update: 21 December, 2018

Like any life project, to reach fitness goals, you must create and follow a specific workout plan. You must set short, medium and long-term goals, with a methodology to follow.

It’s not advisable to leave anything in the hands of chance, so it’s convenient to take into account the greatest number of variables, as well as measures to be executed in case of any contingency.

The goal of achieving optimal physical condition and a flat stomach requires perseverance and determination. It’s not a static goal.

Set goals

It may be strange, but to achieve fitness goals, you can take (as an example) the action of a business project. Among the first questions that must be answered are: what do you want to achieve and why?

The general objective could be: to get a perfectly toned body. But to be able to reach this scenario, you have to comply with a series of small steps. Those are micro-goals that will allow, progressively, the achievement of the main prize.

Woman setting fitness goals at the gym.

Be realistic

Each small goal must be measurable and verifiable. More importantly, they must be credible goals. Drawing up action plans with overly ambitious proposals is the first step to not meeting your fitness goals.

An unrealistic plan is wanting to lose 22 pounds in a week. A plan more adjusted to the real world is to consider losing between one and three pounds every seven days. It’s also a small goal that’s easy to follow up, without having to wait for long periods of time to verify.

Keys to reaching your goals

  • Hydrate correctly. There are no physical workout routines that you can do if your body doesn’t have enough fluid to carry them out. Within the fitness world, this requires suppressing your consumption of sodas and soft drinks.
  • It’s also essential to regulate the consumption of alcohol. For thirst, there is nothing better than water.
  • Plan meals in advance. Before going to the supermarket, you have to know what ingredients are necessary to prepare a balanced menu. This also involves designing a meal plan (weekly, biweekly or monthly), containing everything necessary for proper nutrition.
  • Exercise and fun. There are no fitness goals that do not require sweating, but this does not have to involve suffering. In order for the exercises to be successful and the chances of giving up to be minimal, you must practice some sports discipline that provides physical well-being, fun, and pleasure.
  • According to the goals and needs of each person, there are some routines that are ‘insurmountable’. For example, it’s impossible to get a six-pack for the abdominal area without a specific exercise and diet plan. 
  • Eventually, you have to allow for some treats in the menu. This is as necessary as regular exercise.
  • On the other hand, there is no physical conditioning plan without considering the importance of rest. This includes free days to allow the muscles to recover properly, such as sleeping for at least seven hours each night.
Girl training hard with barbell to reach fitness goals.

Patience to reach fitness goals. Discipline and perseverance to keep them.

The objective of achieving optimal physical condition, in accordance with the objectives set, is a long-distance race. Comparable to a marathon with obstacles to overcome.

Eventually, difficulties will appear that will pose great challenges. There will be inevitable contingencies, such as illnesses (a simple cold gets more than one occasion to generate important alterations in fitness routines) or special celebrations.

When these eventualities occur, it’s very useful to have contingency plans to know how to proceed without having to improvise. What would your action plan be and some alternatives?

Unlike a marathon, fitness goals don’t close once the 26 miles are completed. It really is fair to say that when you reach your goal, the most difficult work begins. This, in order to maintain your fitness levels over the long term.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.