When it comes to fitness goals, especially if you are a beginner, it might be hard to stay committed and consistent. Everybody wants to lose weight fast, and if they don't, they drop the whole process altogether. But this is not how it works, your fitness goals, like any other goals you have for yourself, need dedication, patience, and hard work. There are no shortcuts to it. If you have a hard time reaching your fitness goals, here is what you can do:
1. Make your goals attainable.
Setting unrealistic goals is the first step toward failure. When you start on a new fitness plan, setting unachievable long-term goals can be counterproductive and will lead to frustration. Start with small steps then make your way up as you get more used to the new routine and when you notice progress happening no matter how small.
2. Work on one goal at a time.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with so many goals at the same time. For instance, start off first with a plan to eliminate sugar and walk for 30 minutes every day. When you conquer this challenge move to the next one such as going to the gym 3 times a week, then include weight lifting, and so on.
3. Monitor your progress.
Reward is one of the things that keeps us going forward. When we notice accomplishment in something we’ve been working on, we get motivated to do more and keep going. Keep an eye on your results and acknowledge them no matter how small.
4. Identify your challenges.
You need to think of things that pull you back from achieving your goal. Whether lack of purpose, time management issues…etc. Just ask yourself ‘what are the barriers that come in my way?’ When you have an answer to that question you will be able to work on solving the issue.
5. Don’t obsess over the scale.
The scale shouldn’t be the indicator that tells you whether you achieved or not, progress is. It is totally normal that you have lost a couple of centimeters or gone down a size smaller but still weigh the same on the scale because you’ve probably replaced body fat with muscle mass. Think of whether you are able to hold a plank for longer, run faster, and how has your stamina improved