If you don't know where you're going, then how do you know when you've arrived?
Before beginning any exercise program, setting goals should be your first step. It might be the most important element in the entire program! Nutrition and exercise are confusing subjects. There seems to be a ton of contradictory information out there. When you're first starting out, the initial challenge is that you don't know what to do. Once you learn what to do, the bigger challenge is taking that knowledge and applying it. There's a big difference between knowing what to do and doing what you know. And goals are there to bridge that gap.
A goal provides you with the motivation you need to move forward. Goals give your subconscious a direction. Your subconscious mind has a lot of control over your behavior. If you've ever lacked the willpower to go to the gym or choose a healthy food option, it's because of your subconscious mind. Goals work because they harness and direct the power of your subconscious mind, which guides your behavior.
How to set goals
Setting a goal may seem easy, but in order to be most effective, you should make your goals SMART. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound. I'll go over each of these in detail.
Stop what you're doing right now and write down your goals. Write your goals down on paper, don't just think about them. Revisit them daily to ensure you are staying on track. You'll be amazed at how much of an impact this simple step will have on your daily activities.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help setting your goals. Good Luck!