We’re three weeks into 2020 and chances are that one of your resolutions involved working out or exercising. But, it’s important to ask yourself something when setting a goal— is this realistic? Often times, as well-intentioned as we may be, we set ourselves up for failure with needlessly strenuous workout goals. Today we’ll be talking about setting realistic workout goals and why it’s important!
When we set goals, we often do it at a time when we’re feeling highly motivated. This can lead us to setting highly unrealistic goals! While it’s important to dream big and challenge yourself, it’s important that we’re not setting ourselves up for failure. If you’ve never had a consistent workout schedule, setting a goal like, “I will workout for one hour every single day,” might not be realistic for you. Instead, start with, “I will work out three to five times a week for at least half an hour.” This is much more achievable and flexible! It’s also the amount of exercise we recommend while on the Transformation Kit–> https://bodybyana.yoli.com/transformation-kits/ because it can be fit into most schedules and kickstarts results.
Don’t misunderstand, we definitely want you to succeed and do something challenging. But when you set yourself up for too much, all you end up with is frustration and feelings of inadequacy. Any goal you set and accomplish is an amazing feat, no matter how “small” you may think it is.
All of the goals you set should be SMART— Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. We’ll only be talking about the attainable aspect today, but we highly encourage you to do more research based on the rest!
Attainability is one of the most important parts of a SMART goal. Think about it this way— let’s say you’re trying to build the biggest table in the world. You can either build it all at once, or you can make a bunch of regular-sized tables and put them together to make something bigger than they once were! Chances are, all of those little tables will be a lot more stable and well-crafted than if you were to try and make a gigantic one on your first try. This is exactly how your goals work. Lots of little accomplishments can combine to make something huge!
IDEAS FOR REALISTIC WORKOUT GOALS
Still need some resolution inspiration? Here are some manageable workout goals you can add to your bucket list:
- Do 20 squats every day for an entire month.
- Walk for thirty minutes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Take a beginner yoga class two weeks in a row.
- Try one new workout a month.
What are some other things you could do? Write a list out and pick a few to conquer each month! We know you can do this. Start as small as you need to. As long as you’re on your way to a better you, no accomplishment is invalid!