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Are Your Fitness Goals Realistic?

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  • Hmm... I have a sedentary lifestyle, and I DID set a goal to go to the gym for an hour every day for a month... and except for one reward day after losing 10 lbs, one shorter visit because I was coming down with a cold, and one bad weather day where it wasn't safe to drive there, I have, and it'll be a month tomorrow! I didn't say what I had to DO there, so sometimes the exercise was light, especially towards the beginning, but my goal was more to generate a healthy habit so that the pattern of fitness could be instilled. - 12/8/2014 4:12:23 PM
  • I'm pretty sedentary and I went every day to the Y for three month—but then I didn't go for over a month, lol! - 6/21/2014 11:54:24 PM
  • Great article. Because those little steps you take means alot. It goes a long way. - 12/23/2013 10:34:48 AM
  • Thanks for a good article. - 12/20/2013 6:00:05 AM
  • I really appreciated this article and it is helping me to be more realistic in my goals. Besides setting smaller measurable goals is more doable anyway. Success upon success will help build my confidence. Thanks so much Spark People!
    Sheila - 5/21/2013 9:14:26 PM
  • At age 77, my goal is to stay healthy and mobile. I aim for 60 to 120 minutes about 6 days of the week and I do water aerobics, walk, and ride the recumbent bike with a little strength training thrown in. Highly recommend the water aerobics for seniors! - 1/12/2013 10:00:08 PM
  • My problem isn't the setting and obtaining of realistic goals, but the continuation of it (I'm a self sabatogger)

    Also, where can I find that cool looking journal?? - 1/12/2013 4:46:57 PM
  • This is a great article that makes perfect sense. It names unrealistic goals (that I have indeed done) and suggests more realistic goals to replace them (that I will now do instead). I also see from the dates on the comments that this article has been around for over a year, but here it is January 2012 and I'm seeing it for the first time at just the right time for me. The suggestions in this article are not new news to me, but for some unfathomable reason I now get it. My brain is an amazing yet sometimes frustrating thing to me! Thanks SP for sending this article out through the cloud to my Inbox! - 1/12/2013 9:45:31 AM
  • I have just set some goals for my self and found this article very helpful becouse usualy when i set goals its like loose 40 pounds instead of loose 2 pounds a week and i end up stressing my self out and quiting the diet when i dont see instant results. I am starting to realize if i want it it will be one small goal at a time. - 12/30/2012 8:54:56 PM
  • As an individual who has difficulty setting fitness goals, this is helpful - reminders about small goals is good.
    as a small irony- one of the ads next to this article on my computer was for "Sensa" which purports to help you lose weight without work! Look, Ma, no goals needed! (at least the goal they noted is probably attainable with healthy eating and exercise ie. 50# in 6 months -albeit you'd have to work for it ) - 10/1/2012 10:59:36 AM
  • I like this article especially about saying "I'll go to the gym everyday" being unrealistic. I never thought of it in those terms even though I DON'T go to the gym every day. - 9/27/2012 8:25:39 PM
    The 10 minute suggestion was under the area for a sedentary person who said they were going to make a goal of going to the gym everyday. 10mins a day for a person who has been sitting on their rump for the past 10 yrs is very much a work out. Especially if they are of a way larger size. This coming from someone who was 502 pounds and just walking the short distance to the pot and wiping was the exercise of the day and made you tired enough to go take a nap. Now at 360, 10 mins is more than a doable task. - 9/17/2012 12:39:20 AM
  • Real do-able goals are what I need to achieve in my life. Thanks - 9/15/2012 4:23:48 PM
  • Thats how I was able to lose weight and build up my insurance, starting out with a reasonable exercise, amount of time and building on it. I challenged myself.
    If you do start out with 10 minutes, you have to be prepared to add more minutes as soon as you feel you can, 10 minutes a day is not enough to get a cardio workout. You also have to warm up and cool down. So take all in to consideration. - 9/12/2012 9:29:43 AM
  • Very sane advice. My answer to the title question is noooo... need to think smarter; have been getting injuries. - 9/11/2012 1:31:19 PM

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