Setting a goal is crucial if you want to get off on the right foot. 

If you write down your goal you are six times more likely to achieve it, and if you share your goal with your friends so you got more ownership you sixteen times more likely to achieve it.

Why do you want to exercise? To get a bit fitter? To lose some weight? Oops! This is exactly where things start to go wrong. If your goals are so vague, and you don’t kick off with a clear direction, chances are that you will hit a wall, or stop exercising soon.

In life we’re told to dream big. Reach for the stars. Go for gold. While I think everyone would agree that having big aspirations is admirable not to mention inspiring, you should take a more calculated approach when setting fitness goals.

What has held you back in the past from achieving your health and fitness goals? A few questions to ask yourself before setting your goal:

  1. Did you finish the last year fitter than you started?
  2. Did you meet your last year’s fitness resolutions?
  3. Are you happier with your weight now than at the start of the year?
  4. Overall would you give yourself a dietary pass mark?
  5. Would you give yourself an alcohol intake pass mark?
  6. Are you currently happy with what you see in the mirror?
  7. Are you currently happy with your fitness level?
  8. Are you healthier than most people you know who are your age?
  9. Does your health and fitness allow you to lead the lifestyle you desire?

Out of the questions did you answer yes to more or less than half?

Although I feel it is very important to set fitness goals, it is equally important to reward yourself once you reach them.

 

About The Author

Nicol Muller

Born and raised in Cape Town. As a child I was always influenced positively by my father to be active, from sports in school to attending gym. This grew on me throughout my life and I took an interest in running from the age of 10. Competing in my first 10km at the age of 16 , I was hooked on fitness. Not only for the benefits of what it did to my body, but for how it made me feel, my body, mind and soul felt alive! After school I went to the UK where I studied to become a Personal Trainer, living out my passion was a must for me. I returned to South Africa in 2011 after 4 years in the UK. I began working as a Personal Trainer within 2 weeks of landing. Fitness is more than about just looking good, it’s about feeling good. My aim is to instil this view into all my clients’ minds. If I can achieve this I believe I have achieved what I sought out to. I am a fun loving individual who believes that life is what you make of it. I am self-motivated and believe that I am a great motivator for others as well.

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