Setting fitness goals is the easy part. Staying motivated long enough to stick to your training and meet your goal is the challenge.
So how do endurance athletes, marathoners, triathletes and the super fit do it? Do they rely solely on willpower or do they get their motivation from a life coach or personal trainer?
Setting and successfully sticking to a fitness goal requires you to first plan the work and then work the plan. Do it the other way around and you'll set yourself up for failure.
Follow these six tips to help you pick and stick to those fitness goals.
Write Down Your Goals
Once you've done that, put them in the present tense as if they're happening right now, and look at them every day. Show them to friends and family, or anyone who will ask you about them all the time.
Make it a Short List
You want to be able to focus on the one main goal that is related to your fitness. You can have financial, relationship and community goals, but keep your fitness goal to that big juicy one that you really want to achieve.
Make it a Destination
If you want to run a marathon, compete in a mud run or an obstacle course type of race, then plan to do it in a cool location. Plan a vacation to the place you're going to be competing at. Train hard for the race, and then reward yourself with a few days of vacation.