At any one time, people are exercising, whether pounding the pavement, hitting the gym or in their own homes, and with the advent of 24 hours facilities, the internet and the plethora of fitness information available, we are never more than a short trip or click away from our next workout. But why do we do it? There are countless reasons given for keeping fit and working out, both good and bad, and these range from wanting to keep up with the grandchildren (good) to because my partner wants me to (bad) and everything in between.
Resistance training using weights will build muscle resulting in a more toned, muscular look, whilst a predominantly cardiovascular based routine However, it is not until these reasons are broken down into smaller, individual goals that progress can realistically be made and motivation maintained. It is essential that these smaller goals are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and have a Time factor) in order to achieve their purpose and keep the achievement of the overall goal on course. ‘I want to lose weight’ is a fine reason to undertake a fitness regime, but it is somewhat vague and too broad to really focus on, whereas ‘I wish to lose 3kg in a month’ ticks all the boxes, being specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and based on an appropriate time scale. Small goals like this are great motivational tools, and as each is achieved, over time, steps are continually taken towards the ultimate goal, with the little victories along the way increasing self confidence and maintaining enthusiasm. These goals can be changed along the way, but ensure that they stay SMART and they will prove invaluable for both your mind and body.
So whatever your reason for training, try goal setting, ensuring that each one is SMART and also Personal as any regime undertaken should always be undertaken by you for you.