Setting achievable health and fitness goals for 2019

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As 2018 draws to an end, many of us are already thinking about our goals for the new year – and for more than a few of us, this includes making changes to our health and fitness. But with so much pressure to succeed, setting achievable goals can seem overwhelming at best. Fortunately, making significant changes to your lifestyle is not as impossible as it seems. Here are a few simple, totally-doable ways to have you kicking your health and fitness goals in no time.

Be specific

Vague and generalised goals are no use to anyone – so if you’re serious about seeing change, you’ll need to be specific. If you want to lose weight, be precise about how many kilos. If you want to improve your running, be clear on the distance and time. Being specific in your goal-setting will help you see exactly what needs to be done in order to achieve your goal, while eliminating room for slacking off and making excuses.

Develop a timeline

Once you’ve identified and clearly defined your goal, break it down and lay it all out on a detailed timeline. This will give you much smaller goals to work towards, while helping you stay on track and keep perspective. Use a wall or desk planner that lets you view your timeline as a whole, with plenty of writing space to track your achievements and progress.

Start small

If you know you have an uncontrollable sweet-tooth, cutting sugar out of your diet probably won’t be as easy as going cold turkey – you’d need to begin by limiting your intake and opting for natural sugars. Use this same approach for all of your health and fitness goals. Start with making small changes and work your way up to bigger ones. In the end, your mind will barely notice the difference while your body will reap the benefits.

Buddy up

We all know friends make even the worst days more bearable, and it’s the same when facing a particularly daunting personal goal. When setting your health and fitness goals, aim to buddy up with a friend with the same or similar goals. You’ll be able to provide each other with much-needed support and encouragement, while forcing one another to stay accountable and on track.

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