Anything that we do, we do for a reason. Anything. There may be some times that we dont know the reason behind what we are doing, but you can be sure there is one. If you search enough, you will uncover it.
This is also the case in fitness. We do the stuff we do in the gym for a reason. It may be to look good or to feel good. It may be to have an overall healthier approach to living. It may be to become stronger or more energetic.
In order to completely excel at our fitness endeavors, we need to know exactly what it is we are working towards. Each of our reasons is different. That is why it is extremely important for us to tap into our individual driving forces, the reasons why we go to the gym each day. When you find that reason, take it and run with it. Use it as your prime motivator.
There are many reasons for change. Are you fed up with being overweight? Are you sick and tired of always feeling sick and tired? Disgusted at the person staring back at you when you look in the mirror? You must first have an important enough reason to want to change. Then you must find a method you can use to change.
If you are currently involved in a fitness routine, ask yourself if what you are currently doing is working for you. If it isnt, then you need to get real about where you are and where you want to go.
Make the commitment NOW to change, to stop settling for less. Use these feelings to create power. Use that frustration to create a compelling enough reason for you to take action and change. Make a conscious decision to change the way you look, feel, think, and act. First you must change your mind, then your body. It must be in that order.
Step one is for you to find your driving force, your reason to change. Find out why it is you want results. Make a list of all the benefits you will receive when you start working out and getting in shape. Start thinking, acting, and feeling like you are already enjoying these benefits. How does it feel to be thin, energetic, and full of life? How would you like to feel this way all the time, able to really enjoy the level of fitness youve always wanted?
It’s extremely important for you to uncover your prime motivator for changing. You must want it for yourself, not because your doctor told you or your spouse told you to change. It must be from within you or it will not be long lasting.
Make a list of YOUR top three fitness goals. Your top three most urgent, pressing reasons for wanting to change or reach a certain level of fitness.
Without goals, you are just wandering. You cannot hit a target you do not see, no matter how much you are willing to work. That is like saying you are willing to make it from Maine to Florida, just by driving somewhere, unsure of which way to go.
Think of your top three reasons for changing your body and your life.
Sure, you may want to gain muscle mass or lose body fat, but those are not the real reasons you do a program.
Maybe you want to look better or feel better. Increase your energy or strength.
I guarantee if you do start to change your body, internal motivation and the improved self-esteem you get will indeed change your life.
Set your goals so that there is a 50/50 chance of reaching them. Goals should not be easy enough so that they are guaranteed to be reached. They should also not be so difficult that you will never reach them. If a goal is almost impossible to reach, how hard are you willing to work for it?
When you make this list, look at it morning, noon, and night. Want it bad enough to be willing to put forth the effort needed to achieve it. We, as humans, were designed to take baby steps towards a known goal, not a giant blind leap into the unknown. A journey begins with the first step, which starts right now by setting your compelling reasons for changing.
Make this adventure fun as well; no one wants to work at something that is not fun.
Yes, achieving your muscle building and fat loss goals will be hard work. Hard work pays off; coasting does not produce results.
Hard work makes the results appreciated more. If you are not ready or willing to work hard at changing your body, losing weight, toning up, gaining muscle, getting an improved self-esteem, then please do not waste your time by reading any further.
So what are your top three fitness goals?
The topic of setting goals is one that is talked about so much; it has almost gotten to the point of losing its meaning and importance. It is a very important aspect of weight training, as well as the whole fitness program.
What exactly is a goal? A goal is something that you are willing to achieve at all costs, no matter what you have to do to get it. It is desire to want that which you do not currently have. It is the destination before the start of a journey. Without a clear-cut goal, you are not getting anywhere.
Does this describe your workout regime, going around in circles, getting nowhere? In order to achieve your fitness goals, you need to know where you currently are, what it is you want to achieve, and the steps you are going to take to reach them. Set realistic, achievable goals for yourself, not impossible dreams.
The fun of goals comes when you reach them. Do not set yourself up for failure by setting a goal that is out of reach. So think about what it is that you want to achieve in your fitness program.
Goals must be written down. Something magical happens when you actually write down what it is you want to achieve. They become more concrete, more “real.” If they are not written down, they are just dreams, not goals. Goals need to be specific, like losing a pound of body fat per week, increasing your bench press by 20 pounds in a month, or running a mile in less than five minutes.
These are goals you can write down and set a desired deadline in which to achieve them.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I thought I was going to lose fat and gain muscle with this program, and here you are talking about setting goals. Goals are a very big part of anything you do in life. You need to know where it is you want to go. Do you want to lose body fat, gain muscularity, or both? You need goals to measure your success, or else how will you know if youve achieved success.
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