Why it’s important to set a goal

Setting Personal Goals can help you get fitter no matter what your fitness level or starting point.

‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.’ No matter what your current level of fitness or lack of it, setting personal goals can help motivate you to get going, stay on track and reach heights you never thought possible.

So what does ‘being fit’ actually mean?  Well, it’s something that is actually quite different for each and every one of us – whether it’s a measurement of endurance, strength, speed or a body statistic (such as body fat %), we all have our own personal goals, or at least we should have!  After all what’s the point of training if you have no goal or target to aim for?

It is hard to motivate yourself if you don’t know if you are succeeding or not!  And in reality not everyone enjoys the process of getting fit, or leading a healthy lifestyle….so if you are looking to get fitter (for you) or you are on the endless treadmill or exercising with no real goals or with no tangible results then you need to set yourself some goals! As Steven Covey says ‘start with the end in mind.’

Why set goals? (this applies not just to fitness but to anything you want to achieve. Why should your health and fitness be any different?)

1. Goals give you focus – by setting goals for yourself you give yourself a target to aim for.

2. Goals allow you to measure progress – they provide you with an endpoint and a benchmark to compare with.

3. Goals keep you locked in and focused – goals give you mental (and physical) boundaries, helping you to stay away from distractions and stay focused on the goal.

4. Goals help you overcome procrastination – making you accountable for the task and goal. They help you overcome procrastination and laziness!

5. Goals give you motivation – making a goal you give yourself a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about.

How can I get started?

First you need to know where you right now – be specific.  If for example, you have a body change goal, make sure you get fully assessed and then set a specific goal with a time frame that is realistic, measurable and achievable.  Following on from this you can set a training and nutrition plan with proper structure.

At Life Leisure we use our ‘fitness pledge’ initiative as a means to focus our members towards their own personal goal.  We provide an initial assessment and in consultation and agreement with each individual member we set a realistic goal with a training plan to suit, always based around their particular circumstances.

Fitness pledges range from weight loss to strength development, an event challenge such as a 5k run or triathlon to being comfortable in a new studio based class. Everyone has different goals…and we encourage our members on their journey to a fitter lifestyle, using their personal achievements and milestones and continuous motivation.

Next time you are committing to a training session, try and think – what am I looking to achieve from this session and how is contributing to my overall goal?

Remember: ‘Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.’

Sam Roscoe will be joined by Andy Brooks, Life Leisure Master Fitness Trainer, on Saturday’s breakfast show from 9am. Andy will be giving us more tips and advice on how to set and stick to an achievable goal.