Before you start to work out at home or at the gym, you should have a clear set of fitness goals for the next few weeks, next few months, and even the next year. What parts of your body are you looking to improve? Do you want to bulk up or slim? By focusing on your specific goals, you'll be able to exercise more effectively and can help you achieve your fitness targets sooner.
Determining your personal fitness goals is critical. The probability of success is better when you define what the end result should look like prior to beginning your workout sessions. When defining your goals you’d want to make sure that it is possible to achieve these various goals within the time frame you have expected.
Here are some of the things to consider in identifying your fitness goals:
Know Your Body Type
Identifying your body type is an important step in achieving your fitness goals. Genetics play a major role in a person’s abilities to burn or put on fat as well as build muscles. The key body types are: ectomorph (thin build and long limbs), endomorph (wide joints, shorter limbs), and mesomorph (between the two).
While body types will impact your ability to build muscle and burn fat, you’ll still need to have the same level of motivation and commitment to achieve whatever your desired results are. To help you identify your body type, you can use various online tests. Once you know, you can design your training as well as diet plan accordingly.
Determine Your Current Fitness Level
It is also critical to define your current fitness level and abilities. This will help you avoid setting unrealistic goals for yourself. For example, it would be very unrealistic to become a bodybuilder for someone who have no previous training in those specific discipline in just a couple of months. That’s why it is imperative that your personal fitness goals are crafted based on your current level of fitness. Remember you need a lot of effort, persistence, patience and time in order to achieve your fitness goals.
Set Flexible, Short-Term Goals
When you start your fitness program, it is important to that you set several interim sub-goals or milestones. This will allow you monitor your progress in relation to your primary goal. This approach toward personal fitness goal setting will boost your confidence, motivation and chance of success. There is no specific method to define your sub-goals.
But if you were able to achieve what you consider a milestone, then you’d feel accomplished knowing you’re on the right track within the time frame you specified.
If you feel that you had set your goals at a level that was insufficiently challenging, modify them to a more aggressive level.
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