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Find your Goals
When you are getting started, think twice. The right set of goals are half of your future success.
Every day you wake up and go to work, but once in time there is a special situation, when you are standing in front of your mirror and can’t believe what you see there. You want to do something to make a change, to look better, to feel better, but how to start, “what should I do,” you will probably say. Many people come to the conclusion that it’s time to start a new healthier and active life. But the results still don’t come true and all their effort stops. Very often it’s just because they set unrealizable goals and they didn’t know how to fulfill them.
When you are getting started, you have to know your goals. Your goals should be concrete, realizable, doable and individual. We can divide them into few categories:
1. Just healthier lifestyle or change your figure? A sick person usually wishes for nothing more than to be healthy. The healthier you are, the more wishes you have. For instance, after 15 years of health problems, I was unable to walk long distance without a brake on the bench, and then I realized: “I can make a change”. I started running and was absolutely happy that I was finally achieving a healthy lifestyle. If you are in this stage, than choose an activity which makes you feeling great and happy. It’s usually cardio activities, running, biking, swimming etc. I can say, I felt amazing just with every day running. After two years, I wanted much more than to be healthy. It was time to work on sculpting my body. So you have to think about what’s important for you in the moment.
2. Losing weight, shaped figure or both? If you are healthy and wanted to look better, you have to realize: losing weight is primarily about nutrition and the perfect figure is about workouts. You can’t expect that a shaped figure comes only from diet and similarly you can’t expect having shaped figure only trough hard workouts. So, how to set the goal? If you wish to just lose weight, choose the best diet plan for you and support it with cardio activity or even high-intensity interval training (HIIT). If you want to reshape your figure, start workout routine and diet.
3. Doable goals Comparing your body with the pictures of other fitness people is good motivation, but don’t forget that everyone has his/her own limits. Typical example is six pack structures which are absolutely individual. Don’t waste your time always focusing on the body of your dreams, but make the best version of yourself!
4. Timeline When you are getting started you probably don’t think about a long future full of competitions in the field of bodybuilding and/or fitness. On the other hand, setting your goals in the short period (e.g. I want to look perfect on the beach during this holiday) is also stupid. The best option is to project your timeline in the horizon of your whole life. For example: you will work hard on your goals for two years and wanted to be in the same form for the next years training 3 times a week. Your goals will grow together with your progress and one day maybe you will think about your first competition, so please don’t plan only one beach walk during your holiday.
Now, when you certainly know your goals in these four categories, you can start with fulfilling them. How to stay motivated and how will your goals grow and change in the months of your training are topics of our next blogs. Good luck!
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