Your short-term fitness goals that are realistic and smart are the only ones that you’ll keep. So let’s start there.
I’ve been at this for a while! How about you? Is this new to you or are you a seasoned fitness geek that has lost a bit of steam? Setting goals, resetting, and then showing up.
Both are relevant and I can relate to both.
making short-term fitness goals
I make plans, I write them down – I dream and then I wake up;) and smell the roses or was it the cold coffee?
Being in a season of long-term injury, I know that I have to sort out my long-term goals and readjust to make some smart goals. For me, short-term goals are a way to get the long-term results I am looking for. In the long run, I do want to build healthy habits that will strengthen my dreams of getting to and holding onto long-term fitness goals.
At the moment, I cannot be on my feet for long because of a plantar fasciitis injury! Does anyone, know what I’m talking about? Because I am older and impatient, it is taking a long time to heal.
So I have broken down my specific goal into the following bite-sized pieces:
- short-term fitness goals = build strength at the gym and keep up the swimming, both have me off my feet
- long-term fitness goals = complete an Olympic distance triathlon
What is your long-term goal?
Are your short-term fitness goals: realistic and smart?
how to make smart fitness goals
A great way to make short-term goals is to be realistic and real.
This is the best way forward friends. I have overextended myself so many times and it is just not worth it.
YOU BE YOU
YOU ’RUN’ YOUR BEST RACE
practically speaking- how to plan your short-term fitness goals: realistic and smart
- smaller goals – what do you want to achieve this week and this month? Me: make an appointment with a personal trainer to get the best out of the gym apparatus. This a once-off appointment because of my budget constraints.
- attainable goals – I am okay, to be finally, working within my limits. Do you know your limits or restraints? She has given me a two-month program and I’m enjoying building my strength. The ability to swim once a week is great and relatively easy to do because I have easy access to a swimming pool.
- fitness routine – make it work. Having a plan that does not fit into your lifestyle will not last a minute my friend. Today, make a plan to be kind to yourself.
- realistic goals – this is so key for sticking to your short-term fitness goal. Be smart and realistic, that will get you to the finishing line.
- workout routine – because my goal is a triathlon I have two short-term goals: go to the gym 2x a week and go to the swimming pool 1x a week. What about you? What workout routine is doable for you?
physical activity and comfort zone
Even though your new goal may seem restrictive, keep your ultimate goal clear in front of you.
Your physical activity and comfort zone can still be challenging where you are at today. In my strength training place I am useless at upper body strength, so every time it is super challenging for me.
In swimming, I can do breaststroke forever – but I am slow, super slow. The first step that I have found that is a good way for me to improve to reach my long-term fitness goals is to put a faster swimmer in front of me.
My current fitness level is very similar to hers. But, she is faster at breaststroke. So, now I choose to swim behind her and I’m trying to swim in the same rhythm and speed as her. It challenges me every time, but I manage to keep up.
measurable goals for the short-term
Having small goals broken down into weekly goals makes the hard work sustainable. The realistic time frame that guides the training keeps me both motivated and challenged.
When you set short-term goals, put up ways to measure your progress. For me, this smart criteria is doing full sets of arm workouts (not there yet) and keeping in rhythm and speed with a faster swimmer. The set goals mean that I want to be able to push the next weight level and swim faster than my friend – I want to do this within 8 weeks. I will then reassess and look at setting a different goal.
Goal setting is fun if you do not overextend or set goals out of your reach.
Be true to yourself.
Bigger dreams can come later. Consistency and endurance will get you there.
Yes, it will.
smart short-term goals and overall health
Whether you are planning a fitness or weight loss goal, you need to be smart, real, and kind to yourself. Your main goal must be challenging yourself to a better place than where you are today.
This is not about competing and comparing yourself to anyone else. Settle that.
Healthy living may mean changing your eating habits. I faced this because the amount of weight I carried around was preventing me from being in better health! The bottom line for me was that too much sugar was killing me!
My body weight was weighing me down. One part was my fault and another part was not. Have your health checked out before starting on any goal-setting journey.