When you really think about it, getting ready to start an exercise program should be like starting up any serious change in your life. If you were starting a new business, you would set goals and if you were starting a project around the house, you would set goals. Sometimes they would be formal and written down, other times they would just be a thought process you went through in your mind. Either way, it should be done when beginning an exercise regimen.
Goal setting 101 teaches us to think in terms of short term goals and long term goals, and they are both important to keeping an exercise regimen going.
First, in the short term, you could say in 30 days, I’m going to be down five pounds or my waistband will be much loser than it is today. You need to set either a date or state the number of days, weeks or months specifically. This way you have your ‘check in’ points along the way. Also, you want to be more specific than saying ‘lose weight’. You want to state the number of pounds, or a marker such as your waistband tightness. You don’t need to think in terms of weight loss only. You could say, since I can use the five pound dumb bells today, in 30 days I want to be strong enough to use eight pound dumb bells.
Now, once your time frame and specific goal is set, it’s time to put a plan in place on achieving that goal. So if your plan is to lose five pounds, it’s time to set parameters on your eating habits, as well institute an aerobic routine with some resistance training for toning too. If your goal is to increase to eight pounds dumb bells, it’s time to institute a plan for getting stronger through resistance training.
Now, at the first check point, whether it be 30 days, or some other time frame, you take a look to see if you’ve achieved your short term goal. If yes, it’s time to set the next goal, if no, then go back to your plan and find out why it failed. Was it the plan or was it you not following the plan?
Second, you need to add in a long term goal. Now thinking in terms of months and years – what do you want to be doing, or what do you want to be wearing? This could be a wedding date, a vacation date or just that you want to be in shape to keep up with your grandchildren.
With having that long term goal in mind, you are able to continue to set short term goals to reach it.
Can you do this on your own? Do you need help? Remember I’m here to help you.