Do You Have Fitness Goals?

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By Monique Bartlett
September 10th, 2014 Edition

When it comes to your level of fitness you want to be able to lay out some goals first. Taking your current level of fitness into consideration is very important. Just because you played sports when you were younger doesn’t mean that you can just go back out as if time has stood still. However, no matter where you are starting from, you can make changes.

The number one reason for not working out seems to be not having enough time. Life is fast paced and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done, so it’s important to schedule workout times. Place it at the top of your to do list and you will be able to fit exercise in your day.

Get yourself some workout equipment and get out of bed twenty minutes earlier to workout. Trust me, you won’t miss that sleep and you will start your day knowing you have already started to meet your goal of getting some daily exercise. Schedule in your workout times like you would a doctor’s appointment or meeting and don’t be afraid to say no to additional commitments.

You need to be realistic when it comes to your goal. Give your body and your mind time to adjust to the changes that are going to be taking place. For example, you can start out with a goal of walking just fifteen minutes a day. The following week you can increase your goal up to twenty minutes. By the end of the month, you should want your goal to be 30 minutes or more.

It can be hard to keep yourself motivated when you have so much going on. However, remind yourself why you want to look and feel better. That will provide you with need some extra needed motivation. It is also important to understand that fitness needs are going to change as you get older. As you get older you will likely find that your metabolism is going to slow down. Therefore, you may need to work out more to burn more calories. You also want to look at changing the types of exercises you do so your body doesn’t become used to them and cause you to plateau.

If you have health problems such as back or knee pain, don’t let that hold you back either. Instead, you can work with your doctor or a fitness coach to be able to find the right types of exercises that are right for you. Make sure you do all you can to keep your bones strong and healthy as you age to prevent osteoporosis. Exercising isn’t just about looking good, it’s about being able to live a long healthy life.

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