Short-Term & Long-Term Goal Making
For first timers, it can be quite daunting to look after health and wellness. It seems like there is so much that needs to be taken into account and not enough time to understand or cover it all! A great way to get started is to figure out what you are trying to accomplish and make short-term and long-term goals to get there!
When first starting, we should ask ourselves “What do we want to accomplish?” Maybe you want to lose 50lbs and improve your body composition. Maybe you want to become more flexible for your yoga classes. Or maybe you just want to have more energy to play with your kids. Regardless of what we are looking for, we need to think about and create a long-term goal to hit. This long-term goal should be realistic, specific, and attainable!
How are we supposed to achieve that long-term goal? By making short-term goals! Short-term goals act as the steps to the long-term goals. These short term goals should be smaller and achievable in a shorter amount of time.
These goals do not have to just attribute to fitness. They can be related to your nutrition, your sleep management, or your stress as well!
A great way to stick to your goals is consistency. Consistent action over time breeds good habits. When we practice good habits regularly, we increase our opportunity of success.
Example 1: I want to lose weight and get in shape for my wedding next year.
- I want to lose 25lbs and gain muscle in 12 months.
- I will track my calories every week.
- I will do resistance training 3 times a week.
Example 2: I want to have more energy during the day so I don’t get tired at work or with my family. Long-term Goal:
- I want to have more energy during normal daily activities.
- I will stretch and run 4 times a week.
- I will eat a variety of natural foods over the week to ensure proper nutrition.
- I will get adequate sleep at night without electronic distractions.
Do not forget to act on this information! Action is the first step to a better quality of life!