Top 3 Tips for Achieving Your Fit Goals
The holiday season is upon us. Instead of planning for what you’ll have for Thanksgiving, why not get a head start on your fitness goals for next year?
Getting the jump on what type of body you want to see next year will not only take the stress away but it dramatically boosts your chances for success. What’s more, you can take your next workout program, dietary menu, and supplement routine through a test run before officially kicking it off on January 1st.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 tips you need to follow to achieve your fitness goals in 2019.
Make S.M.A.R.T. Goals
First things first: Grab a notebook and a pen. Sit down and physically write down your fitness goals. Physically writing down your goals has been shown to be more effective at motivating you to achieve them. You shouldn’t write down just any goal; you need to write down a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
A S.M.A.R.T. goal is…
- Saying you want to “lose weight” isn’t specific. It’s too general. Write down as specific of a goal as you can. Be sure to attach the why factor.
- Example: I want to lose 10 pounds so that I can fit into my old clothes.
- You must be able to measure your progress. Regardless if you want to lose weight, build muscle mass, or improve your race time, there needs to be a measurement system in place.
- Example: I want to lose 10 pounds and I will track my weight on a scale and with measuring tape.
- You need a roadmap in order to achieve your goals. For most fitness goals, a workout program, nutrition guide, and supplementation recommendations are key. Write down the things you’ll need in order to start and succeed.
- Example: I will need a 3-month workout program, a nutrition guide that offers me at 90 different recipes, fat burning supplements, a weight scale, and measuring tape.
- Your goal needs to be realistic. Losing 25 pounds in two days or gaining 20 pounds of muscle in two weeks is not realistic. Remember, be consistent and be realistic.
- Example: I want to lose 10 pounds within 3 months or roughly a pound per week.
- Continuing with the idea above, be sure to put a realistic deadline on your goal. It’s okay if you need more time but it’s better to have an end date in mind.
- Example: I want to lose 10 pounds by March 31st.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Writing down what you do each day is going to help you understand your daily habits and it’ll also help you pinpoint areas you need to improve. Sure, you could use a notebook and pen, if that is what works for you. If you want something more convenient, there is an app for that.
Forca is an easy-to-use application that allows you to enter your personal data and fitness goals while helping you set up a program for workouts, meals, and supplements. Best of all, if you aren’t sure what type of workout or nutrition program you need, you can find dozens of personalized programs for purchase from certified trainers!
Let’s say you already have a personal trainer who is in charge of your program. Your trainer can link into the app from their phone then plan and track your workouts and meals for you.
Forca makes it easy to keep tabs on your progress and see the blueprint for your success.
Importance of Meal Preparation
Last but certainly not least, we have meal prep. This is one of the most important components of achieving fitness success.
Meal prep will save you time, frustration, and excuses. Instead of fighting your daily schedule to try to make fresh meals five times per day, you can choose one day and make a week’s worth of food. You can take that food and divide it up into five or seven days’ worth of storage containers. Then all you need to do is heat it up!