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Three Tips to Reach Your Fitness Goals

By Jessica Fracalossi »

The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement, as well as when starting new exercise regimens. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer who has been compensated by the up4®ProbioticsBrand, and do not portray the opinions of the brand, i-Health, Inc., or DSM.

We’ve all been there; when the best laid dreams about that summer beach bod give way to another glass of wine, late night ice cream and oversleeping your alarm for that 6a.m.spin class. What could be a minor setback turns into a bad habit…and before you know it, you’ve moved away from that burning desire to get really fit and to the “I’m fine with how I look and feel, life is too busy to do it all, I’ll try this again some other time” mindset.

Though we can all relate, each of our fitness goals have likely taken different shapes. Whether your goals are about weight loss, endurance or stress relief, we all know what it feels like to fall short of a fitness dream. So how do we make them stick? What is it about certain people who can take a dream and turn it into real change? It’s all about effective goal setting.

Goal setting in fitness is crucial, and an understanding of yourself will help ensure that your goals become milestones and not roadblocks in your journey. Setting attainable goals is a very personal and individualized effort. You have to know yourself and be willing to set goals that work for you. So let’s take a look at three tips for goal setting that will allow you to turn those dreams into reality with an actionable, attainable plan.

  1. Get organized and action-oriented. Let’s say your end goal is to lose 15 pounds in five months. You cannot stop there. Break that goal down into smaller, attainable action-items that will help you stay focused. Create an action plan of DOs rather than DON’Ts to stay positive and moving forward. Examples of action items for this goal might be 1) Get up 60 minutes earlier every Tuesday and Thursday to snag a workout,2) At lunch, plan and eat your protein first,3) Cut down on screen time by 30 minutes per day (try an app like Moment which tracks the time you spend on your phone). Use your knowledge of yourself and your tendencies to set miniature action items that will guide you toward your end goal.
  2. Now that you know how to break down your goals into an actionable plan, make sure those actions are bringing you joy. If your fitness routine isn’t making you happy, change it. If you hate running, don’t force yourself to do it. Today, more than ever before, there are fitness outlets for every ability level and taste. Keep trying things until you find one that you enjoy. You need to feel invigorated by your fitness choices, not burdened.
  3. Be your own biggest fan. Stick with positive affirmations and be careful how you address yourself in regards to your fitness journey. You will have setbacks, but you must focus on the opportunity for continued positive change. On a Thursday evening, instead of counting how many times you overslept this week, make a positive plan for Friday morning. ‘Crush this Friday a.m.!’ instead of “Don’t you dare oversleep again.’ Looking back, looking at failures, will lead nowhere. Focus on the path ahead, and the opportunity that exists in each and every decision you make.

Change — whether in work, relationships or within yourself — will happen naturally as a result of the circumstances and influences around you. But to create change, to take the reins in your own life and turn your dreams into reality, you must set goals. Especially when it comes to self-betterment. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Make a plan, move toward joy and think positively. We can better achieve our goals when we continue to feel our best with wellness support from a probiotic like up4®Ultra.

Keep your focus on what’s ahead and break down the future into small, attainable steps. Success doesn’t happen overnight, so keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back.

Courtesy Photo by Sarah Coppinger