How You Can Realistically Achieve Your Fitness Goals This Year

 

It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past months of the year to examine those new goals we set to achieve at the end of the year. For many of us, those goals include getting in shape and finally achieving our fitness goals.

However, as we all know, setting a fitness goal is one thing, but actually achieving it is another. In fact, according to a study by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

So, how can you be one of the few people who actually achieve their fitness goals this year? Read on to find out!

1. Defining your fitness goals

The first step to achieving your fitness goals is to actually sit down and define what they are. What exactly do you want to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Become slimmer? Gain muscle? Run a marathon? All of the above?

It’s important to be as specific as possible when defining your goals. That way, you’ll have a better idea of how to go about achieving them. For example, if your goal is to “lose weight,” how much weight do you want to lose? 10 pounds? 20 pounds?

It’s also important to set realistic goals. If you’ve never run a day in your life, it’s probably not realistic to set a goal of running a marathon by the end of the year. However, setting a goal of running a 5K race by the end of the year may be more realistic.

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2. Realistic expectations

Part of setting realistic fitness goals is having realistic expectations for yourself. Yes, you can achieve incredible things if you set your mind to it, but you also have to be honest with yourself about what is actually achievable.

For example, if you want to lose weight, a realistic expectation would be to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Losing any more than that is considered unsafe and is not sustainable in the long-term.

Likewise, if you want to gain muscle, a realistic expectation would be to gain 0.5-1 pound of muscle per week. Gaining any more than that is considered “dirty bulking” and can lead to unwanted fat gain.

3. Putting together a plan

Now that you know what your goals are and what expectations you should have for yourself, it’s time to put together a plan of action.

If your goal is to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. This means eating fewer calories than your body needs in order to lose weight. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most popular and effective method is counting macros. If your goal is to gain muscle, you need to create a calorie surplus. This means eating more calories than your body needs in order to gain muscle mass. Once again, there are a number of ways to do this, but counting macros is the most popular and effective method.

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4. Making it happen

Now that you have your plan in place, it’s time to start making it happen! This means sticking to your diet and training regimen and not letting anything get in your way.

Of course, this is easier said than done. There will be days (or even weeks) where you don’t feel like working out or eating healthy. But if you want to achieve your fitness goals, you have to push through those tough times and stay on track.

5. Staying on track

One of the best ways to stay on track with your fitness goals is to find a workout buddy or accountability partner. This is someone who will help keep you accountable and motivated when you feel like giving up.

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You can also join a gym or fitness class where you’ll be around like-minded people who are working towards similar goals. This can help keep you motivated and on track when things get tough.

6. Celebrating your success

Last but not least, don’t forget to celebrate your success! Achieving any kind of fitness goal is something worth celebrating, so make sure you take the time to pat yourself on the back (and maybe even treat yourself!) whenever you reach a milestone.

 

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