Today I’m sharing about why setting fitness goals is so important.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes it will be hard to make it to the gym in the morning. You didn’t sleep well the night before, you’re sore from your last workout, or you just have zero motivation. That’s where setting fitness goals come in.
If you’re working towards something, have a training plan, and have a specific workout scheduled for the day, I can guarantee that you’ll be more motivated to get out of bed and get that workout done. I’ll be recapping some of my top reasons that fitness goals are useful below.
They keep you motivated.
Like I mentioned above, knowing that you have a goal to achieve will help to keep you on track. Having your goal broken down into the steps that you need to take to get there is even better. Interested in learning about fitness goals aka periodization? Check out this post.
See how far you’ve come.
It can be tough to see the progress that you’ve made workout to workout, week to week. It’s usually because you’re not looking at a big enough chunk of time. It can be hard to remember how tough a deadlift used to be, or how out of breath you were when doing your first 5K.
Having fitness goals where you can look back and see the progress you’ve made towards your achievement can be so valuable. Comparing where you started to where you are now is so motivating.
Your personal trainer will keep you accountable.
If you have fitness goals set that take you out of your comfort zone, you may have hired a personal trainer. They’ll push you to work harder than you would on your own. They’ll also be able to create a training plan that will get you to your goals safely and (hopefully) without any injuries. I wrote a post all about finding a qualified personal trainer here.
You’re less likely to see progress without them.
If you’re deciding on a workout to do when you get to the gym each morning, your workouts as a total will be less effective. For example, you’ll have a tough time building upper body strength if you only do 3 upper body strength training workouts a month. However, if that’s your goal and your trainer has developed a plan, you can be sure that you’ll add some weight to your bench press and row.
Do you set fitness goals? Do they keep you motivated?