Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Your Fitness Goals for 2021
We know the turn of a new year can be an exciting time to start anew and set goals to achieve over the next year. We also know it’s a time for tons of advice from companies like us. ;-) So, while everyone else is telling you what you should be doing to prepare for your New Year’s resolutions, we want to remind you what NOT to do with a few simple mistakes to avoid while you’re setting your goals.
Take a look at the four biggest mistakes we see year after year below and how to avoid them!
Mistake #1 – Setting Goals Based on Others
While it’s great to have people to look up to during your fitness journey, it’s not so great for those people to be the only representation of your end goal. Unfortunately, if this is the case, you’ll only be left disappointed because, no matter how hard you try, you may never look exactly like the person you admire. Instead, set your goals based on what you think is the best version of yourself. This will allow you to set realistic expectations and goals you can actually imagine yourself achieving in the new year, which will only help fuel your desire to keep working toward them.
Takeaway #1: Remember to focus less on other people and more on the incredible person you’re starting to become when setting your fitness goals!
Mistake #2 – Defining Your Goals Based on Negativity
If you think negatively about your body and that’s why you want to create new fitness goals this year, it’s not likely that you’ll see them through. This is because negative thoughts will only reinforce the idea that you’re not capable or worthy of what you want to achieve. So, when things get tough, you’ll just want to give up.
Thinking positively about your body, on the other hand, will help you want to take better care of it so you can actually see your goals through. With positive thoughts leading your goals, it becomes less about punishing your body with intense workouts and strict diets and more about treating your body right with proper nutrition and exercise, so you can live a long and healthy life.
Takeaway #2: Thinking positively about your body and the progress you are making, and focusing on growing stronger, physically and mentally, is key!
Mistake #3 – Choosing Goals that Don’t Work with Your Lifestyle
Yes, working toward new fitness goals is going to require some changes to your current lifestyle. However, there are some aspects of your current lifestyle that simply cannot be overturned. For example, you can’t just ignore your family or quit your job in order to make time for a workout. You have to choose goals that fit perfectly into the mix of things you’re responsible for, so you can actually achieve them without feeling guilty or missing out on important things.
So, if you’re the one who is responsible for getting the kids up in the morning, set your goal to work out every evening so you can focus on your family. If you’re always home late after work, set your goal to work out in the morning instead, so you can relax every evening after a tough day. Working around the things you cannot change will drastically lower the number of conflicts that come up with your new workout schedule, which will help you stick to your plan and reach your goals.
Takeaway #3: Remember to balance your fitness goals with other important parts of your life. Make your fitness routine a priority that fits in with your other obligations.
Mistake #4 – Not Breaking Big Goals Down into Smaller Tasks
You know what they say, “There is only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time.” This brings us to the final big mistake we see – when people make a huge goal without breaking it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. If you focus too heavily on your bigger goals, you may end up feeling overwhelmed, especially in the beginning when progress is likely to be slow.
Most of your fitness goals can’t be accomplished in a short period of time, but there are simpler things you can focus on doing to keep you on the right path. For example, if you want to lose weight, you can focus on working out three times a week and limiting your indulgence in unhealthy treats. These simpler tasks are something you can easily manage on a daily or weekly basis, so you can continue working toward your larger goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Takeaway #4: Break your goals down into bite-sized pieces and work at them steadily, rather than trying to make it all happen at once. This is how you build healthy habits to last a lifetime!
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