Good Fitness Goals to Have
Every day, millions of people around the world make the decision to get healthier and fitter. The reasons for each person to do so vary, but some are better than others. Getting fit is a journey and is not something you should ever do because you’re trying to please someone else (unless it’s your doctor).
With this in mind, we’ve put together some examples of good fitness goals to have. These are reasons that are inherently good for choosing to get in shape and center around you as a person. With a good fitness goal, there is far less of a chance of you hating your fitness journey because your heart is not in it, and it also reduces the risk of you going to far to please other people.
If you’re interested in getting fit, here are some solid reasons you can set as your goal.
Get healthier overall
The first reason why you should be looking to get fit is to improve your overall health. Just because you’re a healthy weight does not mean you’re fit, or even healthy. If you do little exercise and go days at a time without eating fruit or vegetables, there’s a good chance you should be aiming to improve your health overall.
This will be a mixture of upping the amount of time you spend exercising a week, as well as increasing your intake of healthy, natural foods. To improve your overall health will entail changing large parts of your lifestyle, so remember that it’s okay if this part takes a little time.
You won’t be able to just automatically start going to the gym three times a week and cutting out bad foods without an adjustment period. If your goal is to get inherently healthier, allow yourself an infinite timeframe to do so, remembering to start small and build yourself up.
Achieve a certain physical task
The second good fitness goal to have is to build up to a specific physical task. It could be that you want to be able to run in the London Marathon, or you might be building up to a pilgrimage like Hajj. Both are feats of physical endurance for different reasons, with one requiring expert cardio and stamina, and the other requiring heat tolerance and the ability to be on your feet for several days.
Both activities put stress on your body, hence why preparation for Hajj is important, just like preparing for a marathon is. The physical task you’re looking to complete will dictate the training you undertake and how long for. For example, if you’re wanting to climb Everest, you could be looking at years of intense training, whereas doing all-day cycle event at work will require a few weeks of cardio practice tops.
Either way, preparing for a physical task is a great reason to get fitter!
You should never change anything about yourself to please other people, but if you want to increase your self-esteem by getting fitter, that’s a great reason to do so. If this is your goal, remember to set an achievable and healthy target. The last thing you want is feel disappointed that you didn’t reach your target because you set an unachievable timeframe in which to do it.
Be careful not to fall into the trap of not feeling good about yourself by remembering to look at how far you’ve come. If you find that getting fit isn’t helping you with your self-esteem, it could be that it isn’t the reason, in which case some deeper reflection may be required.
Whatever your reason for getting fit is, we wish you the very best of luck on your journey and hope you succeed in hitting your final goal.