Happy New Year!
We are now into January. It is typically a time of the year when goals are already made and broken. Have you set goals? How are you getting on?
If you find it hard to set up your fitness goals, here are 3 of my top tips for setting them.
- Pick something you want to achieve
When a lot of events were cancelled I made a goal to run 60km. Since I ran an Ultra marathon a few years before (an ultra marathon is a running distance over the marathon distance) it had been something I had wanted to achieve again for a while. Given there was still a feeling of uncertainty of when triathlons would happen, I decided this was my goal and started training for it. Of course, this distance of running isn’t for everyone, so each goal you set, should be in line with what YOU want to achieve. It might be that you want to run 5km as fast as you can, or cycle 100km for the first time. I also have clients who want to be able to do full push-ups. When setting up the goal, think that once you have achieved it, you will feel good and proud of yourself for achieving it.
- Pick something realistic
While you want to be challenged, keep your goal realistic. My goal was realistic because I have a history of running consistently; I have run marathons and completed many triathlons. However, when I started running, 60km in one go was not realistic and my first goal was to run a 5km which felt like a huge achievement and an equally huge challenge at the time. So make sure you pick something that both scares you a little and is something that is realistic in the timeframe you have.
- Get some help
Getting help can come in many ways. For me, I have a triathlon coach, who I have been working with for years, she helps with planning my workouts and we have a check in once a month to see how I am doing. This is of great help as it means I have to think less about how I am going to get there and more about the training itself.Other ways you can get help are, for example, by joining a club or group, getting a personal trainer or you can ask a friend to join you in the challenge and you can train together.
As you can see, putting a few things in place when picking your fitness goal will already be a great first step in achieving your fitness goal. What are you planning? Let me know.
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Author: Lorna Wilson
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