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Long Term Goals Lead to Success with Fitness

One reason why many people eventually give up on exercise and fitness when they are trying to lose weight is because they get bored with doing the same exercise routine every day. It is important to have a lot of variation in your fitness and exercise routine in order to keep working out. The key to sticking with a fitness routine is not motivation but determination and commitment.

However, that does not mean that working out has to be boring all the time. Burst of motivation only last for a short period of time. In order to stay motivated and determined you need to think about your long term success and set up future goals.

By having future fitness goals and self made challenges, you have something to work towards which can give you the extra motivation needed to get out and work out on a day bad.

Setting up future fitness goals and challenges is also easy and fun. One very common goal is to participate in a 5K marathon. In fact, there is even a work out routine called the Couch to 5K that is designed to get a sedentary person from zero to marathon running in weeks. Completing the Couch to 5K program would be a challenge in itself.

By having a long term goal of running an entire marathon, it can give you an extra boost of motivation on days when you don't feel like jogging or running. Some marathons also hand out rewards like medals to show that you've completed the marathon. If you are a competitive person, a metal could also be motivating.

Long term goals and challenges do not have to be competitive though. You could have a challenge to learn how to swim, for example.

Exercise and fitness routines often end up failing when you do not have long term goals set in place due to the lack of an end goal. Set long term goals, and stay motivated!


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iwrite28 wrote on April 30, 2015, 11:03 PM

You are right. The long term goal should always be in sight especially when one hits the plateau period when trying to lose weight.