5 Steps to Your Fitness Goals: Quick and Easy Tips

01 November, 2021
Making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle is an important step in changing how you look and feel. However, there are so many options for working out! This blog post will provide 5 quick and easy tips to help you start your fitness journey today. We'll cover everything from goal setting and planning to mastering healthy eating habits that work with your busy schedule.

1. Set Realistic & Defined Goals

One of the most important things you'll need to do is set goals. Make sure your health and fitness goals are realistic so that you have a better chance at achieving them. There's no point in saying you want to run a marathon if it isn't something that interests you - this is the time to be honest with yourself and think about what challenges or activities motivate you!
If there's something specific about yourself and the way you look or an event you want to work towards, now is the time! For example, you might say to yourself that want to fit comfortably into one of your favourite pair pants or dress again, or perhaps be able to do 100 pushups a day, that's an achievable goal you can start working towards.
When setting your goals, make sure they are specific and measurable so you know when you've reached them. You could say, I will go to the gym four times per week for 30 minutes each time (specific) versus I want to exercise more (not very specific)  or I will lose weight (not very measurable).
You should also understand the reasons why you want to get fit, because after all this is what will keep you motivated to follow through with your commitments. Aside from the obvious health reasons and long term benefits, what is your real motivations for taking action. Is it to look better? For self-confidence reasons? To be able to keep up with your kids or grandkids in the future. Working out your why will help you stay motivated towards your goals

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2. Make a Plan

After you have an idea of what kind of fitness goals you are looking for, it's time to make a plan! It doesn't need to be anything fancy - just some notes on how you plan to achieve your goals.
If you want to lose weight, keep a food diary and count the calories on what you eat every day for at least three weeks so that an evident pattern can emerge of which foods lead to increased calorie intake. Find out how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats are in each serving size of those particular meals you're eating.
Simply writing down your plans and goals will massively increase the chance of you achieving them. You can write down how much you weigh right now and even take some "before and after" photos so you can look back in the future and see how you've changed.
You can also take measurements of your body, waist size and weight so you have concrete evidence to show how much progress you've made. Record any other significant measurements such as blood pressure or cholesterol levels if they are high for example.

3. Switch Up Your Diet & Get Active

It's also important that you don't just work on weight loss but that you eat healthily and exercise regularly too. Exercise is essential for any fitness regime as it helps build muscle mass which in turn will burn calories and help you to lose weight.
Another great tip is to avoid fad diets, try instead a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables which will not only keep your appetite satisfied for longer but they are full of vitamins too!
One thing that really helps is eating a consistent amount of calories day in and day out, so to  keep track of what you're eating why not invest in a calorie counting app on your phone. You could also do some meal prep by preparing lean meats and salads the day before so that you can eat as soon as you're hungry, and not simply munch out because the fridge is empty.
You should also think about staying active.  Now, that doesn't mean you have to go to the gym every day or take up running. In fact if you're not used to exercise then it's probably a good idea for your body and muscles' sake if you don't do too much before building up slowly. But try going out more often with friends- or where possible, take the stairs, or do more house work that is going to get your heart rate going. Every little bit counts and will contribute to your overall well-being and fitness goals.

4. Make A Routine

Having a daily and weekly routine is going to really help you to achieve your fitness goals. For example, if you go for a jog every morning it will not only get your day started well but by doing this everyday it is going to become easier and more habitual too which in turn is just going to motivate yourself even more! You can also try switching up exercises so that you don't get bored of doing the same thing everyday and this way you will still see results.
If your goals are fitness related then we don't mean that you need to get rid of all of your old clothes but instead invest in some new ones so that they give you more motivation when it comes to getting changed for a session! It is also important not to wait until  the last minute to book your fitness or personal training sessions as this will not motivate yourself and you might end up cancelling if something comes up!
If you are struggling with motivation then the best way to get it back is by using some motivational quotes on Instagram or Pinterest. You can also use apps like Fitness Pal which allows you to track all of your fitness related goals in one place.

5. Reward Yourself Along The Way

Don't forget to reward yourself when you reach milestones along the way too! Although it's important not to reward yourself with food, you could reward yourself by buying a new outfit to fit your smaller waist or treating yourself to a day off work and spend it with your kids in the spa pool. It could even be something as simple as going to the movies or doing anything else that you love.


So there you have it, those are our 5 steps to your fitness goals. Don't forget to reward yourself from time to time, with anything that is fun and exciting. Don't make it something boring. What are your favourite fitness apps? Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated when starting a new exercise routine that work for you? Let us know in the comments!