Setting long-term fitness goals that are smart and realistic can be challenging to set and maintain. This is how I am staying focussed on any of my new smart fitness goals. I haven’t always been smart about my long-term goal but I am making strides in the right direction.
Who are you in your long-term fitness goals: smart and realistic?
- Do you overreach and set unattainable goals?
- Or do you plan plan plan and never get started?
- Or are you measured and know yourself and set something realistic and yet challenging?
Join me on this journey toward reaching your specific goal.
Breaking the dream or new goals down into bite-sized pieces is what makes them possible to reach.
smart goals for the long-term
I love setting goals – how about you? I am a planner so setting long-term goals and then breaking them down into short-term goals is fun for me. Being conscious of smart goals is where I am at the moment.
The specific goals must be realistic and possible otherwise defeat and discouragement will bring you down. I have, unfortunately, overreached far too many times in the past.
Goal setting is very necessary because you have to know your why otherwise staying focused will make no sense.
What is your why?
Do you want to challenge yourself with a set physical activity? I’m aiming for an Olympic distance triathlon after completing 3 Super-sprint distance triathlons.
- weight loss
- (fill in your why)
Often weight loss goals are challenging because sometimes or often, to lose weight may be ‘easy’ but to maintain the lifestyle is far more challenging. Losing the right amount of weight needs to be approached with care. If you lose too much weight too quickly it may lead to health issues and may not include permanent changes.
In the long run set goals for your health. This is key for me right now.
What would that look like for you? What is the desired result you are looking for?
big goals for your long-term fitness goals
The big goals are for the long-term reach. It will take more time because it may be a long way off. For me, this is doing an Olympic distance triathlon.
What is it for you?
- more time is needed
- a long way off, from 1- 5 years to reach
- respect the process
- doing the hard work
- show up every day to reach the goal
- face the challenge
How long do you project that it will take for you to reach this goal? For me, it will take about 2 to 5 years. Long-term goals are challenging to hold on to, that is why medium goals and short-term goals keep you pointed toward your long-term objective.
The great thing about aiming for the end goal is that you have to really respect the goal-setting process. Are you prepared for the hard work to reach the next level?
medium-term fitness goals: smart and realistic
The medium-term goals keep you going. This is something between the long-term goal and the short-term quick-win goal.
- meaningful and more than about you
- keeps you going
- gives you a quick win
- gets you closer
While I am aiming for the triathlons I like to do one charity race in the year – this is for me WINGS FOR LIFE. Give this race a try if you have one taking place near you. You can run or walk and all the proceeds go to spinal cord research. It is a good cause.
The second medium-term goal is to run in one woman’s only race. It’s just fun sometimes just to do it with the ladies. Find your medium-term goals because these get you closer to your long-term goal.
short-term fitness goals: smart and realistic
And the short-term goals or smaller goals give you quick wins. A quick win is essential to keep you going. The first step is always about deciding and then the next step is essential and that is doing it. They go hand-in-hand.
- more quick wins
- keep on keeping on
- attainable & realistic
The best way to achieve this short-term goal is to make it attainable and set for not too far in the future. A great way is to plan for something within the next eight weeks or two months.
My current short-term goals are to be able to do all my arm presses and be ready to up the weights that I am pushing at the gym and to do a short race. Both are set to be completed within the next two months.
long-term training goals
When you are considering your long-term training goal, you may need some help. I had to use a personal trainer at my local gym for one session because I am new to a gym. She taught me how to use the machines and which machines to use to achieve my goals. The fitness routine is mostly based on strength training. She built a program that challenged my comfort zone but she also gave me some measurable goals.
- get help
- plan together
- be realistic
- adapt to suit you
- keep the focus
My current fitness level was also taken into consideration as we planned together a realistic time frame to achieve my goals. The workout plan is carefully adapted to suit my present level while still focussing on my preset attainable goals. It will take some work to get there but I can see and feel the improvement all the time.
smart and realistic changes
I am also needing to make a definite lifestyle change because I have fallen into some bad habits. What bad habit do you fall into?
For me, it is eating junk food and having too much sugar. Neither of them do me any good, I always feel ill afterward. I do not buy junk food or sweet things but I have not managed it very well when others have brought it to me. Learning to build a strategy to deal with your weaknesses is key to keeping you moving towards your dream.
- manage the treats
- make the best choices
- build a strategy
- deal with your weaknesses
- keep moving forward
Healthy habits can be built in. Look for healthy options and enjoy the occasional treat. Let the treat be a treat;). If you have something every day and at every meal, is it still a treat?