Cross Train with BOSU!

Written by Matt Russell

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Goal Setting in Fitness & Nutrition

Written by Brian D. Johnston

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Set Difficult and Realistic Goals. The goal must be within reach, yet challenging in order to increase mental arousal and motivation. Easy goals will not be motivating, yet goals that are nearly impossible will hinder motivation for future workouts. Goals must reflect your genetic ability accurately; as strength and size increases,repparttar ability to match past goals will diminish.

Establish Short-term Goals. Each main goal must consist of sub-goals or short-term goals. Before a person can increase chest measurement by an inch, or bench-press an additional 50 pounds, he must progress in smaller amounts. Being able to see patterns in those amounts (your results over a particular period of time), or lack thereof, provides valuable data and feedback in your ability to achieve long-term goals during a specific time frame. Not being able to achieve short-term goals provides further information as to what is not working andrepparttar 146520 need for a new plan of short-term goals in order to achieverepparttar 146521 long-term goal.

Develop Goal-Achievement Strategies. A trainee cannot achieve short- or long-term goals without knowing how he or she eventually will get there. In order to lose an inch offrepparttar 146522 waist, you must first lose a quarter-inch, then a half-inch, etc., and each step requires a certain amount of exercise and a proper eating plan. These aspects determine your daily or immediate goals.

Create Backup Plans of Action. What happens if a short-term goal is not reached? If something goes wrong, is it probable thatrepparttar 146523 long-term goal will be reached? It will be difficult to get back on track if a backup plan of action is not established to correct any minor setbacks. Ifrepparttar 146524 goal is to lose a quarter-inch offrepparttar 146525 waist duringrepparttar 146526 first month, andrepparttar 146527 trainee only lost one-eighth inch,repparttar 146528 chances of losing a quarter-inch duringrepparttar 146529 next phase ofrepparttar 146530 strategy is highly unlikely (unless exercise is increased and eating is decreased). It will be necessary to rethinkrepparttar 146531 strategy and decide what must be done in order to get back on track. But rather than waiting forrepparttar 146532 possibility of failure, strategize ahead of time and anticipate failure or what could go wrong.

Individual Personality Considerations. Prior to establishing goals, personality must be considered. Isrepparttar 146533 person a high-achiever or a low-achiever? Doesrepparttar 146534 person haverepparttar 146535 commitment and can he or she maintain that commitment? Canrepparttar 146536 person sustainrepparttar 146537 motivation to reach a difficult goal that may be a year away while paying attention to diet and intense exercise during that time on a daily/weekly basis? Doesrepparttar 146538 person haverepparttar 146539 maturity and intellect to work through any problems leading to each goal? How doesrepparttar 146540 individual accept failure – as a learning experience or another "nail inrepparttar 146541 coffin" of defeat?

Provide for Goal Evaluation. Atrepparttar 146542 end of each short- and long-term goal, evaluate performance, dedication, motivation, and well you did to achieve (or surpass) your goals. From this information it will be easier to establish future goals, and to make goals easier or more challenging, by learning from mistakes, failures, and successes. Also, evaluaterepparttar 146543 backup plans of action and if any of those steps needed to be implemented, your problem-solving skills, what went right, what went wrong, and any factors that were not considered.

Provide Goal Support. Share goals with others, such as a loved one, friends, a mentor, or associates onrepparttar 146544 Internet. Telling people about what you intend to achieve increases support and keeps you onrepparttar 146545 path to prove your ability rather than experiencing humiliation or embarrassment from backing down whenrepparttar 146546 going gets tough. Regular updates on a long-term goal, and how each short-term goal is proceeding will keep you in check and sustain motivation.

Brian D. Johnston is the Director of Education and President of the I.A.R.T. fitness certification and education institute. He has written over 12 books and is a contributing author to the Merck Medical Manual. An international lecturer, Mr. Johnston wears many hats in the fitness and health industries, and can be reached at Visit his site at for more free articles.

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