Workout Newbies Series: Part 3

RULE #3: Set a Goal! 

As a trainer, I know how important it is to have goals to strive for.  Going through life, or your workouts, without a goal in mind can be detrimental to your progression.  Think of it this way, if you start a new task and don't know where the end is, what is your incentive to keep going?  How easy would it be to stop when you want and call that "the end"?  Personally, I ALWAYS make sure I have some sort of goal in mind when planning my workouts.  Whether it be to cut 10lbs to make weight, increase my squat by 20 lbs, or be able to do a 50 mile bike ride, it is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of planning your fitness.  

If you have a goal that will most likely take more then a month or two, then the best thing to do is break it up into smaller pieces.  Let's say you have a goal to lose 60 lbs.  Having a large goal can be daunting so the best thing to do is shoot for the first 10 lbs.  If you put your mind to it, focus on the nutrition side of things, and workout consistently, you can lose 10lbs within the first month or two.  Then, you can focus on the next 10.  This will avoid getting discouraged and focusing only on the final number.  We all need long term goals, but it's the short term ones that will get you there.  Don't set yourself up for failure, be realistic.  

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