Happy Monday! Are you ready for the new week? Have you made your plans and are excited to start the week? This is the week where people start to make the decisions on whether or not to keep pushing. We are entering the half-way point of the month and it is about this point where people stop going to the gym (in normal times) or working out at all. They start to allow back in the poor eating because they get tired or don’t want to deal with saying no to all the things they love.
So here we are at the decision point. What are you deciding to do? Are you deciding to make healthier decisions regarding food? What does that mean (what is the SMART goal behind it). Are you exercising more? What does that mean? Did you make SMART goals for yourself last week? Are they things you can actually do or did you set goals that are unrealistic in the best of times, of which we are no where near. If you set goals that are burning you out already, its time to re-evaluate those goals. Maybe its to make them more manageable and get you on the right track.
People often burn out because they set unrealistic goals for themselves. For example if someone never exercises, they might not set a goal to work out everyday for an hour. The goal might be something like be active for 15 minutes a day (including going for a walk). If there are days where they are more active great! If not they are still moving forward. Even that goal might be too much for some people, for some, maybe it that they will be active 15minutes a day 3-4x a week. Once again, if they are able to do it more often great! If they are not able to do more that they still won’t feel like they failed. It is about knowing your own limits and being able to know how far you can push yourself. For someone that meets that first goal of 15 minutes everyday, maybe after a 2 weeks of consistency they may re-evaluate the goal and say they are going to push for 30 minutes a day or maybe they are going to add a goal where 3-4 days they are active for more than 30 minutes.
Setting the goals can be something that is fairly easy. However staying motivated is another story. What is motivating you? What is your why for making fitness goals to begin with? We are have a reason we want to improve, knowing the why will help us to continue to reach for our goals.
What is your why? Share the why so others can support you and motivate you to follow your goals!