The Measure of Success: What’s Your Fitness Goal?
When you finally decide to begin your fitness journey, you’ll have to choose a path. You need to create or work with your trainer to develop the most effective exercise routine that will allow you to reach your fitness goal. This seems basic enough, particularly if you have a trainer to work with you. However, you need to pause for a minute and think of this: what is your fitness goal in the first place?
Just like everyone starting their journey towards getting fit, you probably have many “goals” in mind right now. Those goals may be one or some of these:
- To lose weight
- To gain weight
- To gain muscle
- To tone muscle
- To get stronger
- To improve performance in sports
- To be healthier
- To look better
These are just generic goals; some may have more exact desired results. For instance, you may want to lose 10 lbs of weight or 15 percent of body fat. You may also want to tone your abs or buttocks specifically. Some want to be able to lift 400 lbs. There are those who want to fit into their size two clothes again.
Your goals may differ from that of your partner or gym buddy, but you don’t have to double-guess yourself about that. Regardless of what fitness goals you may have, what’s important is that they’re right and healthy for you. It’s also a good thing that you’re striving to become fitter and healthier. Furthermore, no matter how broad or specific your goals may be, the first step is always figuring out the best routine to achieve those goals safely and quickly.
Team Looks Vs. Team Performance
You may have several fitness goals right now, but when you look at them more closely and assess yourself, you’ll find that you lean on either the “looks” or “performance” side. If you want to lose weight and gain muscle to look better and fit in clothes, then you’re aiming for looks. Meanwhile, if your main goal is to do better in your sport or other hobbies that require physical strength and fitness, then you’re aiming for performance.
The Importance of Designing a Routine According to Your Goals
Here’s the thing. When you keep to your fitness routine, you will eventually look better even if your goals are more on the performance side. When you start seeing results as you train for good looks, it could also mean you’ve also gained strength and improved your physical performance along the way. However, those are just side effects.
This is why your fitness and exercise routine should be tailored to meet your actual goals to make sure that you achieve them more quickly. By customizing your routine, you will achieve your primary goals faster, with more noticeable results. When you start seeing the results that you want, you will be more determined to keep on going.
To make sure that your fitness plan is specifically designed to meet your primary goals, it’s essential to work with an experienced and knowledgeable fitness trainer. We help with fitness for men over 40, get in touch & look at our other posts for more tips.
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