Go 4 Life suggests that as you start another year, it’s important to set firm goals for your physical fitness—you’ll be more motivated throughout the year. Goals are most useful when they’re specific, realistic, and important to you. Think about the following questions as you begin:
- What can you do in the next week that will help make physical activity a habit?
- Where do you want to be in the next 6 months? A year?
- How are you doing a few weeks in? Check-in with your progress and celebrate your successes.
Many people find that having a firm goal in mind motivates them to move ahead on a project. Goals are most useful when they are specific, realistic, and important to you. Be sure to review your goals regularly as you make progress or your priorities change.
Download and use the Goal-Setting Worksheet to document where you want to be in both the short-and long-term.
STEP 1: Write Down Your Short-Term Goals
Write down at least two of your personal short-term goals. What will you do over the next week or two that will help you make physical activity a regular part of your life? Think about the things you need to get or do to be physically active. For example, you may need to buy appropriate fitness clothes or walking shoes. Make sure your short-term goals will really help you be more active.
If you’re already active, think of short-term goals to increase your level of physical activity. For example, over the next week or two, increase the amount of weight you lift or try a new kind of physical activity. No matter what your starting point, reaching your short-term goals will give you the confidence to progress toward your long-term goals.