Setting a fitness goal is a lot like planning a vacation; you imagine where you will be and what you will be doing at some point in the future. Whether it’s running through city streets completing a 5K race or enjoying a closet full of new clothes due to weight loss, goals provide a sense of direction and motivation to power you throughout your fitness journey.
For many people, it is relatively easy to identify a long-term goal, which has a time frame of three months or more to complete. Getting there, though, is sometimes a different story. Short-term goals serve as stepping stones towards long-term goals and are an efficient way to track your progress.
Keep motivated as you complete short-term goals by rewarding yourself as you reach each one. Rewards, such as new workout gear, encourage you to continue working hard. For more motivation, record the date of each completed goal on a calendar. Use it as a visual representation of your progress. Before you know it, you’ll be relishing in the success of your long-term goals… and maybe even that vacation.
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