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5 Tips to Reach Your Fitness Goals: Pocket Checklist

A lot of people set fitness goals only to have them fall by the wayside less than two months after they set them. They get discouraged and give up completely.  So, what separates those who reach their fitness goals from those who don’t? The answer lies below. Keep it in your pocket to keep you from wavering.

1. Make your goals more specific.  Not having specific goals is like knowing someone’s street name without knowing their house number. How are you supposed to get somewhere when you are not 100% sure where you want to go?

2. Write them down. Writing down a goal shows your intention and commitment to reaching it. It also makes the goal appear more realistic to you.

3. Create an action plan for yourself. Once you know where you want to go, write out an action plan to help yourself get there. It could be as simple as: I will do a 20 minute workout at home or I will make it to the gym twice or three times a week.

4. Keep track of what you’re doing to reach that goal. Track your workouts on a calendar or check off days that you went to the gym. That way, you will be less likely to break your streak.

5.  Share your goal with others. If you tell others, like your supportive close friends and family, about your goal, then you are more likely to follow through with it because you won’t want to feel like you’ve let them down.

– Yana Hempler is a trainer at Studio 4 Athletics