What Should You Base Your Fitness Goals On?

What most people should base their fitness goals on in order to be successful.

Fitness goals are something that have become somewhat of a joke at the beginning of every year. Only a fraction of the people who set goals at the beginning of the year are still chugging along by February.

Only 9.2% of people feel like they make meaningful progress on their New Year's resolutions.

Part of this might be lacking the elements of a good goal, the most important being what are you basing your goals on?

The good news is that, this doesn't need to be a complicated process. You may already be doing some of these practices.

What Are The Milestones You're Hoping To Reach?

Usually, if you're in the market shopping for personal training, you have a goal. If you don't have a goal you can rely on a trusted fitness professional to give you a good default option.

You might want to lose some weight because you're not able to enjoy things in your life. Some people want to become stronger so, that they can feel more confident in other areas of their lives. You're entitled to pick your own reason.

Your personal trainer should turn a goal into a plan with specific milestones along the way. Some of your progress can be measured by your training performance itself.

How Training Results Can Leave You Clues

When you start out a program, you'll see rapid results. In those first weeks and even months, you will make a lot of progress.

You'll lose weight, get stronger and you'll feel a lot more coordinated. It can raise your expectations.

After this stint of time, you need to work harder and harder to continue to make gains. Depending on what level you're aiming to reach, you may need to lean on the results of your fitness tests.

How do you know if you need to test? You should have a reason. (Learn more about the reasons behind performing fitness assessments)

What areas in your test are you weak in?

This can mean a couple of different things. You don't need a test to tell you that you want to add some muscle or tone to your shoulders.

From an injury standpoint, if you have a major imbalance or asymmetry, you're more likely to get hurt.

This study for example measured the association of a balance test reach asymmetry and injury in division I athletes.

In sports, the amount of strength you have relative to power is a clue. You can tell you what sort of strength training activities you need to be performing.

After your training, the results can tell you how close you are to your milestones.

There are a few tricks that can be applied in the milestone setting process. For example, you might pick really easy goals at first to learn what it feels like to be successful.

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