The road to success can be a lot less bumpy if you’re following a well-designed map. This applies to all aspects of life, including fitness. It’s good to breakdown the goals that will allow you to maximise each path you follow on your fitness journey. Here are some tips for setting your fitness goals.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN SETTING YOUR FITNESS GOALS
Whether you’re training for the first time in your life or trying to get back into shape after a long lay off, you’re going to have to accept that things hurt a little more the first couple of weeks. Develop a program that allows your body to comfortably get into the zone and as you adjust to the training, increase the level of intensity.
In order to see changes and avoid plateaus, you need to refrain from entering a comfort zone. But that doesn’t mean you should go full beast mode your first time stepping into the gym. Listen to your body and set realistic challenges for yourself as you progress.
“Progress” doesn’t always mean lifting heavier weight. Our joints don’t get stronger over time. Progress can mean increasing your rep range or shortening the rest periods between sets. There are different ways to challenge yourself without risking injury.
I purposely used the word “nutrition” here because it seems like the word “diet” scares the living hell out of most guys.
Here’s what you should know. Just because you’re eating healthier it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your food. There is a world of healthy food options that with proper seasoning can make your taste buds leap for joy.
Furthermore, these meals should be feeding your body throughout the day, so if you’re not a morning person, prep your meals at night for the next day. There’s always a million excuses why a person doesn’t plan their meals properly and I assume you’re reading this because you’re tired of making those excuses.
This journey is just as much mental as it is physical. If you don’t have the right mindset from day one, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Start by accepting the fact that this is going to change your comfort levels. You’re not going to be eating fattening foods anymore.
You’re going to wake up earlier and do fasted cardio. Keep a positive mindset and remember that these changes you’re making, while may seem uncomfortable at first, will ultimately result in a better your.
Sadly we are more susceptible to injury as we grow older. What’s even sadder still is rarely do you find a comprehensive injury prevention protocol in most fitness plans. This aspect of your journey is equally as important as your training and nutrition, and don’t think 5 minutes of stretching will cut it.
Dedicate at least a couple of 30-minute sessions of mobility work combined with stretching. This includes using foam rollers and trigger balls to get deep in those tense muscles.
Just because this path was saved for last, it’s not to diminish its importance. While it isn’t an absolutely necessary path to take, it does prove to have certain benefits if you do your research and take supplements of the highest quality. In today’s scientific world, the supplement industry is on the cutting edge of improving athletic performance.
Since there are many aspects to building a better and healthier you, the road you follow will very rarely be linear in nature. Instead, it will intertwine several different paths you must follow at the same time. As such, setting your fitness goals is such a crucial step.
Each fitness goal should have its own specific objective that compliments the others. If one path, such as diet, has poorly set goals, your training and recovery will suffer.