Creating Long-term Health Goals
If you have finally decided to get back into shape, or if you want to improve your health education or fitness routine, you should determine what your expectations are from your fitness routine and what your motivation is. Perhaps you have a family history of diabetes that you hope to avoid by improving your fitness level. Maybe you want to feel better about how you look. Maybe you want to avoid preventable heath problems later in life. Whatever your motivation, being able to identify your motivation can help to keep you focused on reaching your goal.
Taking the time to identify your reasons for exercising can help to keep you on track and moving. Your next step is to create a goal for yourself over the next three to six months. This goal can be whatever you want it to be. Perhaps you would like to be able to exercise two times a week or more. Maybe you want to improve your diet by cutting out carbonated beverages or by eating more fruits and vegetables. What ever you choose to do, make sure your long-term goals are realistic. Choosing long-term goals that are too challenging, overwhelming or frustration will cause you to not want fail. Having high expectations are great if you can accomplish them. Choose a goal that motivates you and one that you can realistically do.
Here are some examples of realistic goals that you could accomplish.
-Loose 5 pounds in 6 weeks.
-Do one full pull-up.
-Drop 20 points from a cholesterol count.
-Run a mile in under 12 minutes.
-Prepare to run in a 5 kilometer race.
You should determine what is a realistic goal that you can work toward and obtain if you are dedicated. Do not set a goal that will discourage you. If you are a beginner to exercise, set moderately challenging goals so that you do not hurt yourself.