It’s important that when you start your fitness journey that you set yourself some fitness goals. These goals will help to keep you motivated and on track with your progress.
It’s a good idea to start small and gradually build yourself up. The most un-motivational thing you could do to yourself is to set unattainable goals.
If you’ve never worked out a day in your life it’s probably not a good idea setting yourself up to do 100 push-ups to begin with. It would be more realistic to do 10 a day in the first week then 15 a day in the second week. Remember you want your goal post to be in sight.
What are some good beginner fitness goals to start with?
1. Make fitness a part of your family’s daily routine
Strive to make fitness a part of your family lifestyle. Doing this will mean it will become a part of your daily routine.
This doesn’t mean that you have to hit the gym 5 times a week, besides this being almost impossible with children it would take a lot of upfront commitment.
You could start with something gentle like making sure that you have at least one healthy meal a day or you take a 10 minute walk down the street.
You might want to become a more outdoors family, so think about cycling together, swimming or rock climbing.
Encourage your children to play outside more if they can.
Another great option could be that when you wake up in the mornings you do a set of star jumps, this would be easy and simple enough to do as a daily family exercise.
Try to make these things into a routine. It will soon become as natural as waking up and brushing your teeth each morning. (Hopefully, you do brush your teeth each morning * wink * )
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2. Set short term flexible fitness goals that are suitable for beginners
This goes back to what was said in the beginning about setting fitness goals that are achievable.
If you keep your goal in sight you are much more likely to achieve the desired result.
You can also have long term fitness goals but make sure you break them down into much smaller chunks.
There is no good reason for having a fitness goal that seems too big to achieve.
The great thing about this is that your children will build a habit of being fit and healthy from a young age.
Habits that are adopted from a young age tend to stick much better.
3. Reach for 21!
21 (well there or there abouts) is the magic number. They say that if you can do anything for 21 days straight then you can make it into a habit.
Challenge yourself to keep going (even when you really don’t feel like it) and by the time you get to day 21 you should feel as though you don’t want to quit.
Get yourself a calendar and cross off the days as you go along to keep yourself motivated.
4. Know what you want to achieve
The answer to this will be completely different for each person but you must answer it honestly.
Do you want to lose fat?
Do you want a more healthy lifestyle for you and your family?
Is toning up your fitness goal?
Depending on your answer that will give you a better understanding as to the steps you need to take to reach your goal each day.
5. Know yourself
Know yourself very well. Some people like structure so they have to get up at the same time each morning and stick to that routine in order to be successful. Others get bored from doing the same exercises each day and need variety.
If you know you are the type to get easily bored with a workout routine, make sure you switch it up every now and again.
For example week one you do “X”, week 2 you do “Y” and then switch it back again.
Final thoughts on fitness goals for beginners
Your fitness goals don’t have to be difficult they can be simple lifestyle changes that will benefit you in the long run. Even 5 sit-ups a day is better than doing none.
If you have even the smallest desire to change, setting up your fitness goals and creating habits will help you achieve great results in the long run.
Challenge your family to make a list of all the fun things you can do and when you want to achieve them by.
Make it plain on your refrigerator so you are constantly reminded of it daily.
Hold each other accountable and work through it as a family.
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