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Are Your Fitness Goals Realistic?

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  • Great article. That's what I really like about SP. They teach you to take baby steps. Woohoo!! Thanks SP for all the great information!!
  • One thing that I love and appreciate about Spark People is to make small goals and add. Thank you for reminding me again.
  • I think that there's a difference between setting unreasonable goals with a short time frame and shooting for the stars... eventually.

    My weight loss goal is 110 pounds. Some may think that's unreasonable. I don't think that it is though, because I've realized that it might take years, perhaps decades, to get there. I don't plan on giving up on this goal though.

    I have shorter-term goals, like running a 5k next month (I've been training for it for a couple of months already) and hiking a 14er, perhaps next year, but if I can't get there next summer, then I'll shoot for the summer after that. I take steps to reach these other goals regularly. The road to health is a marathon, not a sprint... although I may choose to sprint on occasion along the way.
  • I like to workout every day. It helps with your metabolism. Mine is on fire!
  • too bad there is no example about food.
  • I am going to rejoin a gym that I used to use and love.
  • The suggestion to "never increase your weight more than 10 percent in any given week" is unreasonable for those of us who are lifting any weights less than 50 pounds, or for those machines that only go up in 10 pound increments when we lift under 100 pounds.
    I have been exercising consistently 5 to 6 days a week for 13 months. I started with two goals: Goal #1: Move More. According to the article this isn't specific enough--the goal doesn't say how much to move or in what ways to move. However, it worked for me because I began to think about how to incorporate more movement in my daily routines. I parked farther away from my destinations, took the stairs instead of the elevator for 1, 2, or 3 flights, did squats while waiting for the microwave to heat my lunch. Goal #2: Make Appointment with Wellness Coach This Week. Fortunately, my health provider offers this benefit. I knew I had to set a time for this or I would put it off. The coach helped me define why I wanted to exercise more, which were lifestyle goals, especially to have more energy to keep up with grandkids and to develop new interests. She helped me set some early goals week by week that I was certain I could achieve. And she helped me focus on accomplishments (how I was feeling, for instance.) My first goal was to take two 20 minute walks in the week. Now I've worked up to a goal of at least 180 minutes of moderate to high intensity (though mostly low-impact) exercise per week, which I regularly exceed. I also mix up exercise activities to keep it interesting and challenging. I've added golf, water aerobics, and yoga into the mix, along with a variety videos for strength training and cardio workouts. BTW: I'm feeling pretty great.
    Realistic goals is what got me where I am today. I began with 10 fitness minutes a day and I felt a great accomplishment when I made it through 10 minutes. It might not seem like much but when going from the couch to working out, it was huge for me. I kept telling myself I can do for 10 even if its just walking in place.
  • I disagree with you about the spinning classes. I think they could be safe enough to do every day. If you want to add to that and work out your abs and your arms, great. But stationary bikes are pretty safe! Let's give out true advice, please!
  • I am pretty new here but I set a goal of joining the YMCA and trying Aqua-fit classes! I hope to go 3 times a week.
  • A good article that gives realistic steps. I've just started back going to the gym, and hope to be able to go 3 times a week. I'm my own worst enemy and have a tendency to self-sabotage. Don't know why.
    The only thing I don't agree with in the article is rewarding yourself. I don't believe in rewarding myself for something I should be doing. That's like rewarding myself for cooking dinner or cleaning the house.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great article. Because those little steps you take means alot. It goes a long way.

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