Set Clear Goals
My goal is to run a 6 minute mile.
An easy time for me right now is 8 minutes. An achievable time, if I push hard, is 7 minutes. 6 minutes is very difficult for me, but I'm still able to get close every once in a while. What I want is for the 6 minute mile to be an achievable standard.
Every workout I push through feels purposeful since I’m working towards a goal. Also, I am more motivated when I hit the track or the treadmill because I know my efforts are moving me in the right direction.
Without a clear goal and an everyday purpose, you will be lost in the clutter of today’s fitness world.
It should never be the case that you're going into a workout thinking: "I’m just here to work out.” You will never be able to stay the course. Even if your goal is just weight loss, that objective itself isn't concrete enough.
You need to have clear objectives. Even if they are small ones.
For example, try running 10 seconds faster around the track next time. Do an extra few repetitions this time. Get in one more set.
Maybe you won’t weigh less at the end of that week, but you will be making progress. And that’s all that matters in the end. Making progress and getting stronger.
Another fun way to get fit is to learn a new sport – or take up an old one that you used to play. If you join a soccer or basketball league, you will be staying active in the games. And when you’re competing on a regular basis, that in itself is motivation to improve!
You always have to remember to be realistic with your goal setting, and know that sometimes achieving your objective will take longer than expected. It’s small efforts and little improvements over a long period of time that will allow you to reach you fitness goals.