To get the body you want, and the health you desire, it’s essential that you make a plan. Unless you write down your specific goals when it comes to how you look and feel, you may find that you never get the results you want.
Why is making a plan for the body, and level of fitness, you want important? Because unless you can say with certainty what you envision for yourself, how will you keep yourself accountable each day to work towards that end goal?
Without a health and fitness plan, there’s no motivation to get that minimal amount of time in at the gym. There’s no little voice inside of your head reminding you to choose the most nutritious foods when you’re hungry, or to avoid eating when your body’s not asking for food. Without a plan, you won’t likely have that calling to commit your entire lifestyle to staying healthy and fit.
Instead of approaching health and fitness as a wanderer, with no end destination in sight, you can use the following tips to focus your efforts and achieve results. And, you can ask for help with your health and goals in our Los Angeles, Santa Monica, or Culver City fitness studios.
Write Down Your Long-Term Goals
As you make your health and fitness plan, write down your long-term goals. Do you want to lose 50 pounds over the course of the next 12 months? Are you determined to increase muscle mass and create definition in your body? Is being in top cardio shape a priority so you can run a marathon by summer? Whatever it is you see yourself accomplishing in the next six to 12 months, you should write it down. Not sure about your long-term goals? Today’s a good day to define them.
Note Short-Term Goals
Writing down your long-term goals is the first step in deciding what you want in terms of health and fitness. But the way you’ll achieve those long-term goals is by setting short-term goals, or milestones, that you can hold yourself accountable to as baby steps toward your final objective. We suggest creating small monthly goals that will incrementally get you to where you want to be in six to 12 months.
Measure Your Goals
After you’ve jotted down both long and short-term goals, you’ll need to check in with yourself after each milestone to measure your progress. The only way to know if you’re on the right track is to evaluate if you’ve met the markers you’ve set for yourself. You can weigh yourself on a monthly basis or physically take your measurements with a measuring tape. You can assess your stamina as you run certain distances or do other regularly scheduled tasks to make sure you’re staying true to your health and fitness goals.
In addition to these steps toward creating a health and fitness plan, it’s best if you occasionally check to make sure your goals are actually attainable. We also suggest you share your goals with someone who will keep you accountable.
If you need help with any of the steps toward your health and fitness goals, A4 Fitness is here. We’re happy to speak with you on the phone or to meet with you to talk about health and fitness in Los Angeles.
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding hundreds of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.