Summer will be here before you know it. And, our females know that there are essentially two seasons: the holiday season and bikini season.
Now that the last calorie-filled holiday, Valentine’s Day, is behind us, bikini season is in full swing. As you start dreaming of the warm days to come, you might start setting fitness goals that you started at the beginning of the year, but have slowly faded away. Here are some rules to follow for setting and attaining your fitness goals.
Take progress photos
Okay, so this might be a scary step, but watching your body progress is a inspiring experience. It'll keep your motivated to keep going because you’ll want the next photo to look even better. Make sure you have a set schedule for these, such as taking one every four weeks, so you stay on track.
Don't Use Someone else's picture as YOUR goal
It's easy to see look at someone with a great body and feel envious, wishfully hoping that was yours. Everyone's body is built differently. This is what makes us all so uniquely beautiful. But, that also means that your “dream body” isn’t always attainable because of your bone structure and proportions. Instead of comparing yourself to others, only compare your current body to your past body using your progress photos.
Have a goal and a schedule to go with it
Unfortunately, you can’t just lose ten pounds overnight. But over the course of several weeks, you definitely can! Make a schedule for when you’d like to lose three pounds, five pounds, etc. You can even set up a rewards system, for example only shopping when you’ve lost your goal #weight or inches for that month.
Don't obsess with the number
As important as measurements and the scale can be, remember that they don’t own you. Nor, are these numbers proof of your efforts. The more you exercise, the more muscle you gain. You'll be losing fat and gaining muscle, and muscle takes up less room than fat. Even though you’re losing fat, muscle ways more than fat, so you may see the number on the scale increasing or staying the same. Don’t let this discourage you. The numbers should help you, not hurt you in your fitness goals.
Challenge yourself every day
If you feel like a particular workout is getting too easy, try something new. If you aren’t as exhausted after lifting your usual amount of weights or running your typical distance, push yourself a little farther. Taking the easy way out is only going to prevent your success in the end. Honor the fact that you’ve overcome your past battles, and then push yourself a little further.
Don't push yourself too far
There’s a fine line between pushing yourself further and pushing yourself too far. Make sure you always listen to your body before and during your workout. If you are too sore to move, give yourself a rest day for your body to recover. Also, make sure you work your way up, always pushing yourself a little past your limits, but not jumping to the next level.
Stay fully dedicated to yourself and your goals
If you want to accomplish your fitness goals, you need to be entirely dedicated to them. This means being willing to spend money and time for the results you want. It might feel tough at the time, but it will be worth it in the end.
Fitness goals are an excellent way to stay on track and monitor your progress. Following these rules for setting fitness goals will help you even more!