As 2010 has rolled in many people have set fitness goals for themselves as a way to improve. Everybody has their own New Year's resolutions and goals for the new year, and a lot of those people settle their sights on their overall fitness level. It's a great goal to have because you literally are improving yourself by improving your overall fitness and improving your fitness can be accomplished in more ways than one. And most importantly, just about anyone can be successful at getting fit if they really want to. With that said, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to reaching your fitness goals for 2010...

Your Fitness Goals In The First Place

First of all, you need to make sure you've got the right type of goals. What exactly are the right types of goals? The right type of goal is a goal that is clear cut and defined. You don't want your fitness goal to simply be to lose some weight. That's pretty darn generic and vague. If you really did want to lose weight it would be a good idea to pick a certain amount of weight in order to make it easy to keep track of your progress. Other more specific goals might be to look hip in that particular pair of boots you've been looking at, be able to bench press 150 lbs, or get that perfect beach body.

The point here is that you are making your goals specific and on target. You want to know exactly what you are working towards so that you are more easily able to track your progress and thus, become motivated to keep on going. Furthermore, you might even want to break your fitness goals down into segments so that you are reaching goals more often and making visible progress. If you'd like to lose weight, you could section your fitness goal off into losing 2 lbs first, then 4 lbs, then 6 lbs, and so on. Sure, a lofty goal is great to have but it's probably better to go with goals that you can easily achieve and then progressively make those goals "bigger".

Consistency Is Key

Here's the deal, you most likely aren't going to make very much of any fitness progress at first. So, if you aren't seeing results within the first week (whether your fitness goal is to lift a certain amount of weight or lose a certain amount of pounds) then don't stress over it. This is what you need to realize: fitness is hard work and work that most be done consistently.

I'll admit, it's quite hard to do, but completely forgetting about keeping track of your progress for the first month or so is probably the best way to go. What you want to do is get into a nice routine and stick to that routine. If you're following a solid routine and you're doing it consistently, then you WILL see results. They absolutely WILL come. It might take a few months, but you will see real progress. The key though, is keeping at your fitness goals and never losing sight of what you want no matter how discouraging the situation might be. Fitness is one of those things in life that truly does take a lot of consistent effort in order to see any benefit. But when you do start seeing results, oh is it rewarding...