Health and fitness is a huge topic and if you are just getting into it, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. But you don’t want to jump into it without having any health and fitness goals.
If you have read The Starter’s Guide To Health & Fitness, then you already have an idea on why goals are important. If you haven’t read it, it is the best place to start! Maybe you are in need of some extra examples.
Stick with me and I will walk you through why goals are vital to your progress, as well as common health and fitness goals, so you can get some ideas on framing your goals.
Why Goals Are Important
If you look up the definition of goal, you will find something along the lines of, a desired result that you put effort towards achieving.
You know this because we all have goals in life. Things we want to accomplish. And this is a good thing!
Goals help give you a purpose and motivation. It is something to work towards.
It also gives you a path to follow. If you know what you are trying to reach as an end result, it is much easier to find a way to get there.
Now, I want to put this in the context of your health and fitness.
If you jump right in without a clear goal, you will simply be bouncing around from one thing to the next without making any real progress.
I know this from experience. It wasn’t until I clearly defined my goals, that I was able to see some real results.
You need the direction that a goal gives you, so you know where to concentrate your efforts.
Common Health & Fitness Goals
As I stated before, health and fitness is a vast topic. There are so many different areas you can work on.
This is also an area where many people get stuck because they do not feel like they know what they should be working on.
So, they look up a list of common goals.
Here is a list of some of the most common health and fitness goals out there:
- Lose Fat
- Improve Endurance
- Build Muscle
- Get Stronger
- Improve Flexibility
These are some good, bigger goals to aim for. But I want to make it clear that you do not have to go big right off the bat.
Improving health and fitness takes time.
Sometimes, a lot of time.
What I don’t like about these goals is two things. First, they are very generic, which means they have no feeling to them. If you don’t understand what I mean by that, take a moment and read goals section of The Starter’s Guide To Health & Fitness.
Second, because they are so common these are what all beginners focus on. I like big goals and you should shoot for big goals, but they should be something you ease into. Or at the very least, you create small goals to complete as you make it to your big goal.
By focusing only on a big goal, it is easy to get discouraged if you aren’t seeing progress fast. Reaching some smaller goals first, or along the way, is going to build your confidence and motivation.
That brings me to the next section.
Beginner Health and Fitness Goals
If you are just starting out, there is nothing wrong with focusing on some beginner goals first, just to get you going.
The great thing about goals is that you can get creative. There are no set goals you have to work towards. What is important to you might not be to someone else.
So, pick some goals you know you can accomplish or that are in line with what your big goal might be.
Here are some great examples to get you going:
- Get 7-9 Hours Of Sleep Each Night
- Drink More Water
- Cut Down/Out Sugary Drinks
- Eat More Fruits
- Eat More Vegetables
- Take The Stairs
- Get 10,000 Steps A Day
- Meal Plan
- Perfect Your Form
- Stretch Daily
- Find A Relaxing Hobby To Do Once A Week
- Work On Forming Your Big Health & Fitness Goal
Keep in mind that this is a very short list. There are literally hundreds of small goals you could tackle.
If you want to be successful in reaching any health and fitness goals, you really need to understand the importance of goals and how you should be forming them.
The Starter’s Guide To Health & Fitness can help you with this.
Where to Go From Here
From what you have learned, you should now understand why setting health and fitness goals are important. If you want to see progress, you need to have something to work towards.
You also know that you do not have to start with a big goal right away. Being generic and saying you want to lose fat or build muscle is not the only option for you.
In fact, you might be better off crossing some small goals off your list to help you build some confidence and motivation, such as taking the stairs or getting more vegetables.
Finally, if you have not read The Starter’s Guide To Health & Fitness, I suggest reading it to gain a better insight on goals and how they are a vital part of your overall fitness. If you want a strong foundation to achieve your goals, the starter’s guide is going to give that to you.