How to Know if You are on Track with Your Fitness Goals

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Making new resolutions in life and creating positive change is not as difficult as persevering through adversity and sticking with your new, healthy habits long-term. Concretely, creating positive change that will allow you to transform your body and increase your overall well-being through fitness and nutrition can prove to be an arduous task most people will postpone until their will has completely dissipated.

The key to persevering and remaining dedicated throughout the years lies in tracking your progress on a regular basis and establishing realistic goals within a manageable timeframe. In essence, the key lies in organization and planning. Here are the simplest ways to set up and stay on track with your fitness goals.

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Keep it realistic

Thinking you can manage it all at once is a surefire way to abandon your goals before you’ve even had the chance to reap the initial benefits of your labor. You need to distance yourself from the person in the mirror and observe your situation objectively.

If you are looking to lose weight, you shouldn’t shoot for more than one to two pounds per week, and if you’re looking to increase muscle size, you need to come to terms with the fact that it will be a slow, but ultimately rewarding process.

Remember, balance is everything, so be sure to avoid falling prey to any extremes on your journey.

The scale is a lie

While your weight scale can be a pretty good indicator of your progress, that doesn’t mean that you should trust it unconditionally, as progress is not solely measured by the number on the display. Weight is just a number, but body composition is far more important.

The scale might indicate that you’re reaching your weight loss goals, but it will not tell you whether you’re losing too much body fat or muscle mass in the process. That’s why you need to trust the mirror more than simply relying on the scale, in order to track your progress realistically.

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Focus on variety

Monotony is the silent killer of dreams, and one of the best ways to stick with your fitness goals is to make your journey as fun, engaging, and rewarding as possible. Motivation plays a key role here, so not only do you want to re-prioritize your training every few months to keep yourself entertained and your body challenged, but you also stay motivated while doing it by wearing quality gym stringers, that will keep you motivated to look just a bit better each week.

Remember, motivation plays a big part in elevating your performance and shaping your mindset.

Trial and error

When you go down, there is nothing left to do but to pick yourself up and take on the next round swinging. As simple as it might seem, it works, as any grand adventure in life is riddled with hurdles along the way that will test your resolve and mental strength.

You are unique and your body requires different stimuli to achieve its full potential, so make sure to give your diet plan and your workout routine a chance before discarding them completely. Run a full diet cycle, and complete your training split, after which you can sit down and assess your progress.

If you’ve found out that you’ve shed enough body fat and gained enough muscle mass, then there is no viable reason to change anything. On the other hand, if you tend to get bored easily, you can modify your routine to provide the same benefits and keep yourself motivated at the same time.

Embrace technology

Finally, you live in a digital world, so embrace it. One of the most effective ways to track your progress and stick to your goals is to install a fitness app on your phone that will help you track your diet and training routine, allowing you to keep your eyes on the proverbial prize and work even harder to reach your fitness goals.

Thriving under adversity and sticking to your guns when the burden seems insurmountable is not always easy. However, by implementing these essential steps into your fitness routine, you will have no problem creating a realistic fitness goal and thus ensuring a lifetime of health and happiness.

Samantha Olivier

Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogospere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter at @sam_olivier_, or in a tea shop.

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