You need to set goals

Every time we put in work, we do so with a specific goal in mind. You’re doing homework to pass a class to get your diploma/degree, you’re working to make money to live comfortably-everything you do is in an effort to derive some type of utility. Not every payoff is instantaneous: while eating will keep your appetite sated until later in the day or the next day, numerous hours of work are required in order to earn your degree. When it comes to reaching our health and fitness goals, it’s a good idea to set both short and long-term goals.

For every workout, you should set at least one short term goal. When it comes to completing bodyweight/weight circuits, I aim to complete X number of sets. When I’m beginning to run, I aim to complete a specific time or distance and more often than not I look to maintain a specific pace for the duration of the run. Having a particular goal helps me maintain focus, because as much as I enjoy working out (and I will confess, I am absolutely enamored with it. Could you have guessed by my website?!), it can grow monotonous when you do similar things day in and day out. Short-term goals help you maintain focus during your daily workouts and feel like you’ve accomplished something once you’re done for the day.

I always make it a point to have a long-term goal in mind for a specific timeframe, such as 2-3 months. Perhaps I’m training for a race and I want to be able to break a PR, or I want to be able to do X number of push-ups in a minute on a specific date. Every workout until the end-date I’ve set is in an effort to attain my long-term goal. Also, I shy away from settings goals related to losing weight, adjusting my physical size or anything of the like-I focus on what I can realistically accomplish and achieve, as those feats are a result of physical, mental and emotional strength and resilience.

Goals should be specific, realistic and easily trackable. Chasing a goal which is unrealistic only sets ourselves up for failure, which is frivolous. If our overarching goal as healthy and fit people is to remain on the Road to Gainzville and be better than we were yesterday, short-term and long-term goals serve as reminders of what we’ve accomplished thus far and just how far we’ve come. No matter how small a goal may seem in the interim-such as when I try to complete 3 miles on a random Tuesday afternoon-being able to document these accomplishments in an app or on a physical calendar by your battlestation (I use both, hence the specifically referenced location!) serve as constant reminders of all the work you’ve put in thus far.

Whenever you’ve had a long day outside/in office/at school, you’re not feeling super energized and lacing up your kicks for a workout feels like a monumental task, having visual reminders of the progress you’ve made thus far may give you the slight push you need to put in some work and make gainz. What are some of your favorite short-term you’ve knocked out? What’s a specific long term goal you’re especially proud of tackling, or one you’re looking forward to taking care of? Let me know in the comments!

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