Exercise targets can make workouts fun and motivating as one moves toward the vision established within his or hers mind's eye.
Many people understand that a certain level of physical activity is good both for the body and mind. Setting exercise targets is a great motivation tool. General rule of thumb goes: In case a target can be visualized it can be achieved. No target is non-accomplishable if it can be seen in the mind's eye.
Keeping a workout routine is very difficult after some period of time. Regardless of whether it is a day, week or even a month, boredom can and will bring exercise routine to a screeching halt. A good way to prevent interruption of the exercise routine is to adjust factors like venue of activity and modality, engaging in different types of workouts or changing venues which bring freshness to exercise routine.
One other good way to keep exercise routine fun and motivating is to set exercise targets. Subconsciously or consciously or men and women set many different goals each day. Doing the housework, making five cold calls, picking up the dry-cleaning or returning a video, these are all goals set and accomplished every day. They have to be realistic. This means that if it is believable to you, you can get there.
Short Term Exercise Targets
Short-term exercise targets have to be accomplishable in a relatively short period of time. The main idea here is to keep each successive short-term goal inside the mind until completed, building upon each achievable exercise target. They are usually a small part of a larger plan i.e. long-term goal. Here are some examples:
- Toning up for a beach vacation
- Losing 4 pounds in 30 days
- Adding 10 pounds to the bench press
- Working out at least three times per week for a half an hour each
- Lose two pounds this week
- Feeling more confident
- Adding five minutes to your treadmill time
- Brisk five-minute walk twice a day
- Substituting certain foods for healthier but still tasty alternatives
Long-term exercise targets are usually loftier and need much more time to achieve. They can be broken down into many short-term goals in order to prevent the illusion of being non-accomplishable. Here are some examples:
- Gaining 20 pounds
- Run a marathon
- Keeping the weight off
- Maintaining an aerobic base by riding at or near your AT for 20 percent of a one hour long exercise
- Walking and talking again
- Being able to walk for an hour or more without tiring
- Increasing strength
- Adding twenty pounds to the overhead pres
Keep in mind, Rome wasn't built in a day.