Need A New Fitness Goal?

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Having fitness goals is important for staying motivated. Without these goals, it’s easy to look at exercise as a chore. Even if you love exercise, you may get frustrated without a goal to work towards. Here are just a few goals to consider that could help to challenge you.

Get slim

The most common fitness goal is to lose weight. Most people set this as a vague objective, which is why they don’t stay motivated. You need to have a clear end goal in sight when slimming down. This could be a target weight or a clothing size that you want to fit into. On top of having an end goal, you should set yourself micro-goals from month to month. Your end goal may seem too far away and unachievable – micro-goals can give you that sense of ongoing achievement you need to spur you on. It’s worth keeping a record of your progress so that you can see how far you’ve come. There are apps that can do this if you want to lose weight solo. Alternatively, you might be able to join a group in order to help you lose weight.

Go the distance

Another goal could be to improve the distance you’re able to run. If you jog a lot or use the treadmill at the gym, such a goal can help you to give running a purpose which could help to motivate you to get off the sofa on a day where you’re feeling lazy. By slowly adding on kilometres, you can eventually build up to 10k runs and maybe even half-marathons and marathons. Long-distance running can be done almost anywhere – you don’t have to pay for a gym membership. It can also help with the dual goal of losing weight. Running apps can help to record your progress and set new goals for you.

Build your strength

Another goal to help spur you on could be to improve your strength. Just like being able to run a certain distance, being able to lift a certain weight can give you a more tangible idea of how your body is improving. Strength-training can help you to bulk up, but it can also help those wanting to slim down. Weight machines at gyms can give you a clear idea of just how much you’re lifting, although you don’t have to join a gym. You might be able to buy home weights or rely on exercises like push-ups and sit-ups.

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Try a new sport

Taking up a new sport could give you something new to learn and master, whilst keeping you fit at the same time. This could be anything from swimming to tennis to kickboxing – whatever takes your interest. Certain sports may have grades and qualifications that you can help aspire to. Others may teach techniques which help you to develop muscles and keep off fat in the process. Not all sports can be self-taught and some may require you to take up lessons with a coach.

Consider a career in fitness

If you’re already dedicated to staying fit, but feel you need a new goal to give you direction, you could consider making fitness a career and passing on your knowledge to others. Certain careers such as personal training are ideal for taking your training to the next level. To become a trainer, you’ll need to be licensed, which involves taking a course. There are lots of sites out there that describe what goes on in this course if you want the course difficulty explained. After getting your qualification, you can then start to build up clients. On top of trying to achieve your own fitness goals, you’ll be helping others to reach theirs.

Train for a competition

Training for a competition might also help motivate you to stay fit. This could be a run or a bodybuilding competition or weight lifting competition or a sports competition. Not only do competitions pressure you to do better than others, they also give you a set deadline to train towards that can stop you procrastinating. You don’t have to compete with professionals – there are many competitions out there for amateurs such as local competitions and friendly club competitions.

5 Fun Ways To Get Your Family Fit

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When you’re a parent, you’ll know just how difficult it can be to juggle fun with function. Because you want the best for your children, but you don’t always know exactly what that should look like. On the one hand, you want to keep them happy; and sometimes you know that the way to achieving that isn’t always the healthiest route. But at the same time, you want to be a good parent and bring them up with good values and with healthy bodies. It can be a tough balance to find. But, you don’t have to choose when it comes to keeping them fit. Because you can actually have fun while you’re doing it!

Go On A Bike Ride

Kids love their bikes. You probably get tired of having to pick them up off from the driveway and move them from the middle of the garden. But keep in mind that them being on their bikes is keeping them fit. So, why not consider going on regular bike rides as a family? If you want to get a little fitter, and include your husband in that too, this could be a great way to make sure it happens. If that goes down well, you could also consider going on a hike in your local woodland or up into the hills; both of which are great for keeping you fit.

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Enjoy A Day Out

Even though bike rides and hikes are a lot of fun, they’re also two activities that you generally know are great for you. But you don’t always have to know that you’re doing something to keep yourself fit and active. Sometimes, some of the best fun family activities keep you fit too. And the best part, you don’t even realize that you’re exercising! So, think about booking a day out for all the family and see how fit you feel after.

Play Sports

Up next, you’ve got another idea that will help you to enjoy exercise a little more, and that’s starting to play sports. But because you want to do this as a family, you should think about trying something like tennis or badminton. Both sports can be a lot of fun to play as a family, and will definitely help to keep you all fit.

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Train For A Challenge

Then, you could also consider training for a family fitness challenge. If you’re all quite competitive, this could be a great way to keep you motivated. Whether it’s something like a silly sports day, or a bit more serious like a half marathon, setting your entire family a challenge can be a great way to focus on your fitness levels, and all have fun together.

Try A Fitness Break

Finally, you could also think about going on a fitness related holiday together. If you tend to go on the same kinds of breaks year on year, then you may want to consider making a change that’s more in line with your new fitness mind. A bootcamp or even an activity holiday can be exactly what you need to have fun and still stay fit.