Set wellness goals you can achieve
Updated on 02 April 2017

When people want to make changes in their lives they need to set realistic goals. We often fantasise about living the optimum healthy and happy life but the truth is that most of us have no idea where to get started. Here are some tips from Fitness First to guide you to physical and emotional wellness:

1. Be clear and stay focused
You should know exactly what you want and focus your entire energy to get it. Understanding why living a healthy and happy life is important to you and your wellbeing, only you can help yourself to commit, avoid distraction and negative thinking.

2. Discover internal motivation
Find your motivation deep within and do not expect extrinsic rewards. Your discipline and desire will determine your results, so an appropriate mind-set and belief in your own strengths is important, this is where mindfulness comes in. Realise what your strengths are and then work on your weaknesses.

3. Set achievable targets and improve them gradually
Set targets that are achievable to you in your current situation. You need to set mini-targets that lead to a bigger target and have a vision and a timeline to break down what you want to achieve.
For instance, you can start by going to the gym three times a week and working separate muscles groups each day. Gradually add a morning jog or an afternoon walk, they all count.

4. Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal
Whether you want to lose weight, take care of your health, or simply improve your general wellbeing, putting the SMART method into action can help you achieve what you set out to do. A SMART goal is:
S - Specific, significant, stretching
M - Measurable, meaningful, motivational
A - Agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - Realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T - Time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Don’t be afraid to get someone to help you especially with things like exercise, training and clean eating. At Fitness First you can get professional advice from an expert personal trainer or a nutritionist on how to set your own realistic wellness goals and achieve them.

6. Be patient
Nothing worth having comes easy so you’ll have to put hard work and effort into it! As long as you stay focused and positive, the results will follow. Try tracking your progress on a notepad or your phone, that way you can feel a sense of achievement with each workout.

7. Celebrate your progress
There really is no greater feeling when you look in the mirror and see a fitter, healthier and happier version of yourself after all that hard work. Reward yourself when you make progress - this will motivate you to set even greater goals.

You may want to reduce stress, be more fit, lose weight, increase your exercise, eat better or quit a bad habit. Whatever your wellness goal is, the reward of achieving it is the life you will live and before you know it, you won’t just be fit and beautiful - you’ll be healthy and happy too!

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