Fitness Goals Help Define the Best Workout Routine

Fitness Goals Help Define the Best Workout Routine

No matter where you are at in your fitness journey, it is important to have clear fitness goals when choosing a workout routine. Goals help us to define what it is that we are working for. If you don’t have a concrete “finish line” set for yourself, then how will you know when you have crossed it?

Fitness Goals Finish Line

Why are Fitness Goals Important?

Fitness goals not only give us a place to start when choosing a workout routine, but they also help us to modify our programs to more efficiently achieve results. Workout routines that are goal-oriented will better serve your needs than those that are not tailored to specific desired outcomes.

Having a solid understanding of what you are hoping to accomplish when setting out with a new workout routine will provide direction for your daily workouts. It will also provide a gauge by which to measure your progress.

Tracking progress is not meant to discourage, but rather to paint a realistic depiction for us of how close we are to achieving our fitness goals. Having such data will help you to know whether your workout routine needs an adjustment. Changes could be needed in the level of intensity, frequency, or some other factor.

Through the course of our lives fitness goals serve as milestones along our journeys and help to keep us on track towards greater overall health. So how do we go about setting fitness goals for ourselves and what do we do once we reach them?

"If you don’t have a concrete “finish line” set for yourself, then how will you know when you have crossed it?"

How Do I Set Fitness Goals?

When working with clients I always encourage them to set not only specific goals, but also various ones. What I mean by this is that it is good to have a “big” fitness goal for ourselves, but that it is also a good idea to set smaller shorter term goals as well. These short term goals, when combined, will lead up to the accomplishment of the bigger end goal.

I also encourage people to choose goals that are both realistic and attainable based on the many factors of their training. These are things such as current levels of fitness and perceived timeframe for accomplishing said goal.

Some of the most common “big” fitness goals are:

  • Lose weight/Lose Fat
  • Gain Muscle
  • Get toned and defined
  • Run a Certain Distance
  • Improve Performance in a Specific Sport or Activity
  • Prepare for a Specific Competition or Event
  • Achieve Greater Overall Health
  • And many other variations of the above

Once a “big” goal has been decided, I recommend also having specific goals set for each workout and each day on your program. That way your expectations for yourself are clearly laid out and you will have a greater feeling of accomplishment over smaller achievements along the way. This is important because in fitness, progress is often not as rapidly occurring as we often wish it were. Celebrating the small victories and personal records (PR) along the way can really help you stay motivated throughout your workout routine.

Some “small” fitness goals that you can set are:Daily Fitness Goals

  • Lose x lbs of fat this week
  • Increase a specific lift by a set amount of weight or reps
  • Run x miles farther/faster than the last run
  • Complete all reps for all sets for the workout
  • Decrease rest time between sets
  • New PR of time/distance/etc.
  • And other variations of the above

Defining the desired outcome each week as well as your daily workouts, helps drive you through them. It also serves as a great reward when you meet that goal, no matter how small.

This type of instant feedback is great for instilling confidence in ourselves that we can in fact accomplish our “big” fitness goals.  It reinforces for us the reality that those goals will simply be achieved by progressing through the smaller ones.

As you accomplish fitness goals, it is important to set new ones. These new goals can be progressive or be in a completely new focus. Having a goal in mind is a great way to stay motivated to try new things and strive to grow even better. Changing your goals and trying new activities can help keep maintaining a healthy level of fitness from becoming tedious.

As we grow stronger and healthier in our journeys we find ourselves achieving new levels in our workout routines. Along with those achievements, we will begin to realize the fitness goals that once seemed like distant dreams are now well within our reach.

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