3 Tips for Setting and Reaching Challenging Fitness Goals

In our last post we detailed how to better reach your fitness goals by setting SMART--specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound—goals. In 1968, Edwin A. Locke was the pioneer researcher in SMART goal setting and motivation. Since then, Locke reviewed decades worth of laboratory and field studies on the effects of goal setting and performance. In this more recent study Locke found that 90 percent of the time specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than easy or "do your best" goals. The level of challenge of a goal is very important; however, it's important not to set a goal that is so challenging that it can't be achieved. So, here are 3 Tips for Setting and Reaching Challenging Fitness Goals:

  1. Look at your goal. It should be challenging enough to both spark your interest and push you, but still be attainable. Are you sitting on the couch wishing you were the fittest Night Watchman on Game of Thrones? Completing 25 Wall Ball Tosses in 45 seconds in MRT Class pushes you. Game of Thone’s wall is made of solid ice and built using magic — which even on a good day… is not a realistic fitness goal.
  2. Identify ways that you can reward yourself when you make progress. Incremental rewards for reaching specific milestones will motivate you to work through challenging tasks. Need a reward? Check out the prize for our 21-Day Definitions Nutrition Challenge. Enough said.                                                                              
  3. Before taking on a major goal, research it thoroughly. This will help you stay realistic. We’ve done tons of research. Especially on nutrition and we’re happy to share it with you. Again, another shameless plug…our 21-Day Nutrition Challenge starts soon! It’s time to take Control. Take control of your diet. This is the ideal opportunity to jumpstart your way to implementing sound nutrition for optimal health. 
"If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you." —Fred DeVito