10 Tips to Setting Fitness Goals

goals1) Your most important fitness goal must be yours
Yours! When you let other people determine your definition of fitness, you’re sabotaging your own future.

2) Your fitness goals must mean something to you
When you write your goals, you must ask yourself, “What’s really important to me? Is it; a flatter stomach, more energy, more muscle, less fat?” “What am I prepared to give up to make this happen?” Your reasons for charting a new course of action give you the drive and energy to get up every morning.

3) Your goals must be specific and measurable
Have a set of metrics built in (i.e. Body fat testing, how your clothes fit, how much energy you have, etc.) Vague generalizations and wishy-washy statements aren’t good enough. Be very specific! Don’t say; “I want to lose some weight, or I would like to gain some muscle.”

4) Your goals must be flexible
A flexible plan keeps you from feeling like your attempts were made in vain or were a failure if not achieved. Losing 15 lbs. of fat, when you wanted to lose 30 is far from your attempts being a failure.

5) Your goals must be challenging and exciting
Force yourself to explore something new, push your body and your mindset to the limits. Try an activity you never thought of trying before (running a 5k, going mountain biking, taking up kayaking,) make fitness fun and exciting, never fall into the trap of same old’ same old’ mentality.

6) Your goals must be in alignment with your values
Remember we are taking on the challenge of changing our bodies and changing our lives to honor God and become a better witness for Jesus Christ. Don’t fall into the trap of wanting to change your body so badly that you make poor decisions and use illegal supplements that ultimately harm both your body and your testimony about Christ. We are not driven by what others may say.

7) Your goals must be well-balanced
Make sure that we are not so focused on our fitness and health goals that we allow other parts of our lives to suffer. There must be balance in everything. We are driven by our love for Christ and our wanting to share the good news of the gospel.

8) Your goals must be realistic
Be expansive but don’t be ridiculous. If you’re 200 lbs. overweight right now, it is not likely that you will safely lose 200 lbs. in 30, 60, or ever 90 day. Allow yourself time to get there.

9) Your goals must include contribution
Unfortunately, many people get so wrapped up in pursuing their goals that they don’t have time in their lives to give something back to their fellow man. Remember the REAL reason we are striving for better health and fitness levels.

10) Your goals need to be supported
Take your goals to the Lord in prayer and ask for his direction and for him to supply the strength for you to meet the goals you have laid out for yourself. In addition to this, share your goals with some well-trusted brother and sisters in Christ. Having a support element to help hold you accountable will give you strength when you feel like you cannot go on any further.

If you approach setting your fitness goals with these things in mind, you will be setting yourself up on the path to victory. If you have the right reasons for wanting to transform your body, God will give you the strength needed to see you through til the end.

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