How to set (and achieve) your summer fitness goals

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So you want to get fit for the summer? You’re going to need two things – to set goals and to stick to them. It sounds simple when you say it like that doesn’t it? The truth is that your fitness plan can be surprisingly simple provided it is properly planned out and is fully focussed.

So, how do set your fitness goals and stick to them? Here’s some help…

Setting goals
*Be specific: ‘Lose weight’ and ‘get fitter’ are not proper goals. You need to be targeted. How much weight do you want to lose? Set weekly and monthly goals as well as a longer-term target – bearing in mind that one or two pounds a week is a healthy and sustainable rate to lose weight.

*Shape: Don’t just focus on weight loss. You could easily get fitter and be in better shape without losing much weight at all. Take pictures and measurements at the start of the process and maybe aim to fit into that old dress or suit that you struggle to squeeze into these days? Your shape is just as important as the number on the scales.

*Realistic: Don’t go mad at the start. There’s nothing wrong with setting small goals that you can achieve quite quickly and then setting further targets once those are achieved. Setting a target that is too high right from the start will only serve to demotivate you.

Meeting goals
*Track: There’s no point setting yourself good goals if you can’t then tell if you’ve met them. Use an app so that you can track how far you walk and run, your heart rate and the calories you’ve consumed each day so that you can accurately monitor your progress. There’s plenty to choose from – pick one that you find most comfortable and make sure you use it your advantage. Data isn’t the be all and end all but it can help.

*Exercise: There’s no denying the fact that you’ll need to work hard to achieve your fitness goals. It doesn’t have to be a chore though – find something you enjoy doing and build it into your regular weekly routine. Strap on your running shoes, pay regular visits to the gym, take up a sport with your friends or follow your favourite routine on YouTube/an exercise DVD. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that is enough of a test, can fit around your work and home life and that you don’t mind doing.

*Supplement: When trying to get fit you need a good, balanced diet that contains all the key nutrients. That can be difficult – especially if you’ve chosen a fairly heavy fitness regime. Plug any gaps with the smart use of supplements to maximise your performance. You shouldn’t ever replace foods with supplements but instead look at the range of products on the market, such as those from newcomer Fysiqal Nutrition, to see how to make it easier to get the right nutritional mix.

*Patience: Don’t rush to try to meet your goals early. Equally if things don’t quite pan out as you’d hoped then don’t panic. Assess your performance, re-jig your goals and carry on.

The key to achieving your summer fitness goals is hard work, sensible planning and determination to succeed. Get in the right mindset and routine and you’re sure to meet your goals.

  

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