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Is it Time to Rethink Your Fitness Goals?

Are you striving to reach the right fitness goals? Here are some signs that may indicate otherwise.

There’s no question that one of the most important things you must do when beginning an exercise program is some thorough goal setting. Having good fitness goals means you’ll be motivated, your hard work will pay off, and you’ll achieve exactly what you want to achieve.

Almost everyone has some sort of fitness goal when they first begin as this is what brought them to begin exercising in the first place. But, people change. Goals change. Your fitness changes. Change is an important part of life and something we must accept. If you aren’t able to keep up with change, it may come back to hinder your progress moving forward.

So how do you know if your fitness goals are right for you? Or, if they’re no longer appropriate? Here are some clear signs to pay attention to.

Your Motivation is Down

One of the first signs that your goals may no longer be serving their purpose is if your motivation is down. While it’s perfectly natural for motivation to rise and fall on a regular basis, if it’s been doing more falling than rising, that’s when you know you have a problem.

If the goal is no longer that meaningful to you, why would you put in much effort to reach it? You wouldn’t. And so, you aren’t. It really can be as simple as that.

A fresh new goal might just do the trick to spark some motivation to keep going to the gym.

You’re Not Trying as Hard in the Gym

Another sign that your goals may not be working in your favor is if you just aren’t putting in as much effort at the gym. Now, some people can mistake this for simply feeling tired. While tired is one thing, often, lack of motivation due to good goals can make you feel tired. So poor goals could actually be the reason for those feelings of fatigue. This can be hard to pinpoint and you really need to look at how long you’ve felt tired if you’re sleeping well if you’re eating well, and if you notice you feel more tired in the gym than when you’re out. If all things check out there, then try some new goals. You might just find you’re energized again.

You Feel Less Passionate About Your Goals

Which brings us to the next sign that your goals are no longer doing what they should be and that is that you’re simply less passionate. Before you used to get excited about telling people what you were working towards. Now, you feel like you could really care less.

If thinking about achieving your goal no longer gets you excited and brings a smile to your face, that goal needs to get changed pronto!

You’ve Made Excellent Progress

Finally, the last sign that it’s time to rethink your goals is simply if you’ve made a good amount of progress. Maybe the goal has just worn out because you’ve achieved it.

One mistake that some people make is reaching their goal and they just carry on like they always have. When you reach your goal, set a new one. Otherwise, your chances of staying on the bandwagon are going to be quite low.

So keep these points in mind. If it’s been a while since you looked over your goals, it might just be time to do so again and ensure they are where they need to be.

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