When to Adjust Personal Fitness Goals for Continued Success

Every fitness training instructor understands that personal fitness goals are not an “all or nothing” routine. Sometimes life events happen, or sports injuries occur that can derail or deter you from being successful with the original fitness goals you set forth to accomplish at the beginning of your personal fitness journey. If this has happened to you, do not give up! It is time to re-evaluate your fitness plan and goals so that you are able to maintain accountability, motivation, and success. All too often, people give up before reaching their goals because they got too busy or got sick and felt discouraged when they could not maintain the rigorous training plan set before them. Learning when and how to adjust your personal fitness goals can set you up for a lifetime of health and personal success along your journey.

Many people make fitness commitments as part of their New Year’s resolution. They will take the time to read about fitness training ideas and may even subscribe to various health and nutrition blogs. The New Year starts off great and an individual feels strong and empowered by all of the positive changes they made at once. And then one morning, they might accidently oversleep. Or they might have to travel for work. Or they might not be feeling their best when they wake up. Whatever that deterrent may be, it can create an unhealthy downward spiral if personal fitness goals are not adjusted. Some people struggle to get back on track after taking a couple of days off. If you adjust your goals to better accommodate where you are at the moment, you can avoid that slump and continue to celebrate your milestones.

For example, if you made a commitment to wake up early and run six miles before work every morning, evaluate your week at the end and see if adjustments need to be made. If you were groggy at work and had trouble staying focused because you were so tired, you will need to adjust your fitness goals. You might need to run your six miles after work instead of before. You might be able to break it apart and run three miles at lunch and the other three miles after work. You might want to modify your schedule to run three days a week instead of five.  Adjusting the workout schedule still achieves success at the end, and leaves the individual feeling proud of their accomplishments.

If you are unsure where to modify your training program, get a personal trainer to help you identify your goals and make healthy adjustments to your training routine. You can still achieve your personal fitness goals with adjustments and modifications. If you are returning from an injury or if you are injury prone, you might need a little longer to reach your goals without getting reinjured. Making adjustments to your personal fitness goals when needed makes you a smarter, healthier, and stronger athlete. 

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