Is warm weather approaching in your part of the world? Or are you dreaming of an upcoming vacation to a tropical beach? Maybe you’re planning to run a 5K this year. Arm yourself with our goal setting tips and make your triathlon or your holiday getaway a strong, toned, confident one!
1. Dream big. Allow yourself to daydream in the months ahead. Are you on the beach showing off your newly toned self? Are you running with your best friend in a local race, and actually able to keep up with her? Got it? Now write it down.
2. Be specific. Ambitious goals are motivating. What’s even more motivating is to break those ambitions into smaller goals that you can tick off one after another. Think about the steps you need to take to reach your goal. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight before a summer wedding, how are you going to do it? Commit to exercising for 30 minutes, four times per week. Commit to swapping out dessert for a piece of fresh fruit a few nights per week. Are you signing up for a charity ride? Decide how many days per week you will train. Take one step at a time toward that big goal!
3. Be accountable. Keep track of your progress by writing down what you eat and how much you work out. Journaling is a great way to see how far you’ve come. Maybe you started your fitness regimen only able to do one push-up. Think of how you’ll feel when you work up to three, and eventually ten! A little self-praise builds confidence and is an excellent motivator. Give it a try with the SkinnyMs. 30 Day Fitness Journal Challenge.
4. Recruit some help. Everyone needs a cheerleader! Now that you’ve set your goal, you’ve broken it down to smaller goals, and you’ve started tracking your progress, let a friend or loved one into your fitness secret! Having someone else congratulate you when you show them the progress in your fitness journal, or cheering you on as you cross the finish line of that race you set out to finish will make you feel a sense or pride…and accountability! Consider recruiting a friend to work with on reaching your respective fitness goals. Research shows that you are less likely to skip a workout if someone is waiting at the gym or the park to meet with you.
Now that you have the tools to succeed, it’s time to put them to work! Still wondering what your goals should be? Check out our list of the Top 10 Fitness Challenges and get moving!