Creating Realistic Fitness Goals

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Guest writer Bobbi Pavlak

Anyone who starts working out needs to set realistic goals.  It does not matter if you want to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your health.  It is important to create a workout to correspond to your goal.  The best way to avoid giving up on exercise is to be sure your goals are realistic and have a plan to reach them. 

Lose weight

Losing body fat is the most common goal people have.  Increasing your heart rate (cardio work) into your fat burn zone (65%-80% of MHR) for up to 60 minutes 3-5 days per week, you will burn fat.  You don’t have a choice of where you lose fat.  Spot training does not work.  You will lose body fat from the entire body.

Build Muscle

If your goal is gaining muscle, believe it or not, this can be just as hard as losing weight.  There are many people who are challenged to keep weight on.  Gaining muscle requires lifting heavy weights with low repetitions, along with a focus on your nutrition.  Eat more healthy calories than you’re burning.

Health

Exercise for health is the easiest goal to reach.  There are so many things people can do to be healthy.  Drink water, eat fruit and vegetables, and move your body.  Exercise can improve your overall life, body and mind.  Moderate-intensity workouts, 3-5 times a week, 30-60 minutes each will benefit your health in a variety of ways.  It could lower high blood pressure, protect you from heart disease, prevent obesity, keeps your mind sharp, and increase feelings of energy and lessen fatigue.

Your goals should be reachable and consistently change as they are achieved.  With realistic goals everyone can succeed.