The Importance of Setting Goals and Tips to Stick With Them

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     Fitness and nutrition goals are important to set. It’s not only the commitment you make to yourself for wanting to achieve a healthier future, it is also a shift in the mental thought process too. Setting a goal, and choosing to make choices that benefit the process of achieving your goal go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. It's nearly impossible to make changes without having a goal to work towards. You cannot make better choices to get you closer to your goal if you have not identified what your goal is. The following tips can help you many individuals choose to have a healthier lifestyle as their new year’s resolution.

1.)  Focus on realistic goals. Realistic goals are small and attainable. Realistic goals are good to keep you on track and to stay focused. You can continue to add new goals as smaller goals are met. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, break it down into smaller and more manageable pieces. Make the first goal to lose 5 pounds. Then you can add to that after the first 5 pounds is lost. Breaking goals into smaller pieces will help prevent discouragement and straying away from your goals.

2.)  Write your goals down! Writing down goals is a great way to stay focused on your tasks ahead. Writing down your goals is also a good motivator when you feel like you want to quit. You can go back to your written goals and remember why that goal was so important to you. It is also a constant visual to help keep you on track.

3.)  Have an accountability partner. This can be someone you work out with or someone that can be a personal cheer leader. Someone you can trust to make sure you stick with good choices to help you achieve your goals. If your goal is to lose weight, find a friend who also shares this same goal. You are more likely to be successful when you are surrounded by individuals who share the same goals and desires as yourself.

4.)  Remember to have patience. No big changes are made in a single day or even a single week. Take comfort in knowing that the choices you make today will be a positive difference in your day tomorrow. All of those daily positive choices add up to weeks and months and then your goal has been reached! If your goal seems unattainable, break it down into smaller and more manageable pieces.

5.)  Don’t forget to reward yourself! This can be something small like a new workout outfit or running shoes or a new nail polish color. It doesn’t have to be big, but special enough to want to work hard to earn it.

Health goals are important to have. They help keep you on track and help to influence the daily choices that we make for a better and healthier tomorrow.

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