Physical fitness has grown to be a very popular activity these days, from weight training and building muscles to cardio endurance activities for people that are excited about improving their health, getting into better shape and losing weight. Whatever your into fitness training for, it is necessary to set goals and stay motivated in order to accomplish your health-related decision.
Today’s subject I will be talking about goals and motivation for your fitness, whatever your fitness level or amount of experience you have in the type of training that you engaged in. goals and motivation have long been an important part for accomplishing anyone’s fitness levels, young or old, it is necessary to keep these factors motivating you so that you can continue to see the progress that you desire.
How goals and motivation can influence each other
Setting goals and keeping them has always been an important part of physical fitness and training, as far as that goes, any activity that you engage in life will be far superior if you set goals and keep them. It is imperative that you set goals, because without goals it will be nearly impossible to achieve the desired results that you are after.
It is necessary to set goals because without them it will be difficult to see exactly where your training is heading without them. For example if a weightlifter is interested in increasing his bench press, it will be necessary for him to set goals, such as increasing his bench by, for instance 5 lb each month.
When a person has a training log and keeps record of their training on such as how much weight and how many reps they are doing per set, it will be easier for them to know what to shoot for in their next training session. Personally myself I have always had a difficult time remembering exactly how much weight and how many reps I performed for a single set much less 10, 15 or even 20 sets per body part.
This is exactly the reason why it is necessary to keep track of these things in writing so that you know exactly what you performed last time you trained and what you need to shoot for in you’re up and coming workout.
As important as goals are, it is going to be difficult for goals to stand alone without having the motivation to back them up. Without motivation, it will be difficult to even bring yourself to setting goals much less keeping up with them on a day-to-day basis.
When you set goals it will be necessary for you to keep record of them and keep your goals posted nearby you throughout the day everyday so that you can look at them and keep them fresh in your mind, this way the excitement of your goals will never grow stale because they are placed in front of you each step of the way every day, from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed.
As we can see at this point it is necessary to have goals but it is also necessary to have motivation to fulfill those goals, goals are important to motivate you forward, likewise motivation is important to see your goals through.
When it comes to building goals you will want to structure them so that they are something very attainable. If you set your goals too high, it will be too difficult to achieve and as a result you may become discouraged. Likewise, you will not want to set your goals too low because in doing this it will not represent much of a challenge to you and after all, that is exactly what you should be doing is making your training a daily challenge.
Even though you will want to make your training a challenge, as stated you will not want to set your goals too high, for example if you have a goal to lose XX amount of weight over the next 3 months and you have 60 pounds to lose, you would probably want to set a goal for 20 lb a month.
In all reality, if you set a goal to lose 20 lb a month would be unrealistic to accomplish. For example a good amounts of weight to lose would be 2 pounds a week, that would come out to 8 pounds a month or 24 pounds in 3 months.
Now I don’t know about you, but I think 24 pounds is a far cry from 60 lbs. so when you set your goals, you will want to set them realistically, when setting your goals you want them to be a challenge but you don’t want it to become too much of a challenge so that it is unattainable.
If your goals are unattainable, you will more than likely get discouraged and drop out of the game altogether, so it will be better to shoot a little lower so has to make your goals more attainable which in the long run will be more beneficial to you.
Feeding your motivation
Feeding your motivation is something that you will need to do on a continual basis, because motivation can be a very strong factor when it comes to accomplishing what you have set out to do, but at the same time it can be very easy to lose your motivation.
One thing that will definitely bring your motivation down is hanging around the wrong type of people, naysayers or negative people that will never build you up and give you the encouragement you need, but the type of people that will always come around and tell you that you will never be successful with accomplishing your goal.
A good way to build your motivation is to find yourself around positive people who are more than likely to give you positive feedback, and this will definitely be a great motivation to keep you moving forward in your goals.
Sports enthusiasts or celebrities are another great way to boost your motivation, for example you can check out some videos on some of your role models, when doing this it will not only give you motivation but it may also contribute to your knowledge but you could also pick up on some of their tricks of the trade.
You will find that it is a necessity to feed your motivation as often as possible because motivation can be similar to a balloon, when it’s filled it is always ready to rise to the challenge but if it is not kept inflated it will surely sink, like a balloon it is best to keep our motivation inflated.
Using the hunger in you
When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see someone that is hungry for success or has a fire burning inside you? If it is your mission to build large muscles, do you look in the mirror with hunger in your eyes and strive for the results that you have always dreamed of? You can use this hunger in you to feed your desire and build upon your motivation.
When you have a hunger in you to see the results that you have always longed for, use that hunger in you to inspire you and to keep pushing yourself forward without any hesitancy, never allow anyone to put any doubt in your mind that you can’t achieve your dreams.
It is not in anyone else’s power to make that decision for you as to if you can achieve your goals or not, it is completely up to you to achieve your goals and don’t let anyone else ever tells you otherwise.
I hope that you have gained something beneficial from this and have taken something away from this that you can put into your daily life. Once you have attainable goals set in place and continually build upon your motivation on a daily basis, you will be able to go out there and achieve anything in life that you desire.