Setting a Goal Can Help You Get Fit

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Are you trying to get physically fit? One of the most helpful steps you can take isn’t physical at all—it’s mental. It involves setting a realistic goal.

Setting a fitness goal focuses your efforts. It gives you something solid and tangible to shoot for. And it lets you know when you succeed.

So, what is a realistic fitness goal? It differs for everyone. Each person is unique, so the goals you set need to make sense for you. Choose goals that will challenge you a little but that you know you can reach. And make your fitness goals specific—something you can measure.

Here are some examples of realistic, measurable goals:

  • I will go to my yoga class 3 times a week for a month.
  • I will reach 10,000 steps on my pedometer by Sunday.
  • I will play outside with my kids for 30 minutes, 4 evenings a week this summer.

If you have a large goal, such as I will run a half-marathon next year, break it down into smaller goals. For example:

  • I will be able to run for 15 minutes straight by the end of the month.
  • I will be able to run for 30 minutes straight by then end of 3 months.
  • I will be able to run 6 miles by the end of 6 months.

So, what would you like to do to get fit? What realistic goal can you set?