Posted by Step into Life Ocean Grove on 05/23/2019

The importance of following your own goals

The importance of following your own goals

The importance of following your own personal goals, not comparing yourself to others and taking a long term view of your fitness.

In this day and age where everything is instant and social media has taken over many lives it’s so easy to get caught up in what you think that others are doing and comparing yourself to the person on the latest facebook or instagram photo.  We all want results instantly and many people take drastic measures to achieve them to the detriment of their health.  Often whilst training I hear conversations about liposuction and the next fad diet.  My aim is to steer these people away from these and concentrate on their long term health and goals.  We are all different and although you may think that you know someone from following them on social media this is normally far from the truth. 

Fitness is a life long  journey, signing up for the next 8 week challenge may be a good kickstart however you need to have a plan as to how you are going to continue once those 8 weeks are over.  Many people get into the mindset that once they have completed that 8 weeks everything will have changed and they can go back to doing what they were doing previously.  Sadly that is not the case and soon they find they are back to where they started and signing up for the next challenge. 

Setting long term personal health goals are the best way to maintain and achieve a healthy lifestyle.  These change during your life time and as your situation changes.    Your initial goal may be to get to a certain fitness level and then you can maintain that; later you may decide that you have time to train for a particular event such as a fun run or triathlon or it may be a life event such a trekking kokoda, or the Camino.  Your health goal should reflect you, not the person next door or the person you think you know on social media.  If your health and fitness goal is important to you, you will do everything in your power to achieve it.

Tips:

  • Write down 5 things about your health you are happy with at the moment;
  • Write down 5 things about your health you would like to change;
  • Write down a short term (3 month); medium term (6 month) & long term (12 month) goal;
  • Now write down how you are going to achieve them - get help if you need to;
  • Prepare to be the best version of yourself, not someone else.

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