3 Essential Things You Need To Achieve Any Fitness Goal
Without these it is impossible…
We all have a fitness goal.
Some of us want to improve our appearance. Such as decreasing body fat, increasing muscle mass, or enhancing body definition.
Others aspire to be more athletic by becoming stronger, faster, or fitter.
Or you may want to become healthier. Such as improving your mental health, lowering cholesterol, and decreasing your blood pressure levels.
Whatever your goal is, there are aspects of your journey which are important for you to be successful. But what are the essential things you need to achieve any fitness goal?
You will not be able to achieve your fitness goal without discipline. This means you have to stick to a routine and be aware of what you want to achieve.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight you must stick to your diet and workout regime. To be in a caloric deficit you must eat fewer calories than your body expends. So you will have to moderate portions and avoid binge eating. Whilst, doing exercise every week to burn enough calories.
If you are not disciplined with your diet and workout regime you will not lose weight. Having discipline is the art of “staying on track”. In life, many things can distract you from achieving your goals. Social pressure can be a major downfall for most people.
Why stick to your calories when none of your friends are tracking? Why bother going to the gym when you can stay at home and snuggle your partner on the sofa? You need to have tunnel vision and the discipline to strive towards your goal no matter what.
Still, losing your discipline may not be completely detrimental.
Yet, there is an element of momentum with discipline. The more you “let yourself off the hook” the more difficult it will be to get “back on the horse”.
“Do it even if you don’t feel like it”
Do you have the drive and hunger to achieve your fitness goal? Regardless of what your goal is, you need motivation to workout. Or follow a diet plan where you don’t eat as much of your favorite food. Not to mention, those lazy days where you don’t want to do anything productive.
Motivation is what gets you off the sofa and striving towards your goals. Without this, it is impossible to do anything.
Unfortunately, motivation can flicker on and off. Some days you feel ready to take on the world. You feel excited and driven to build muscle in the gym. Lose weight and drop a few dress sizes. Or run the 5km in less than 20 minutes.
Other days you feel like there is no point in trying. Your fitness goal seems so distant and you start to question whether the effort is worth the reward. The thought of binge-watching your favorite Netflix show is more appealing.
Yet, sometimes you need to create your motivation. You can’t rely on a certain mood for you to feel motivated. The people who achieve their fitness goals are those who do not give up. They continue to strive forward regardless of their motivation.
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started”.
You cannot achieve anything in fitness without being consistent. Changes to your body do not happen overnight. In reality, achieving your fitness goal can take anywhere from several weeks to even a few years. Of course, there are some goals which you can achieve in a short time-frame. But for those dream physiques, it takes time and dedication.
Consistency is the constant effort you put in to achieve your fitness goal. This can come in many forms such as:
- Not missing workouts
- Staying on track with your diet and calories
- Regular progressive overload and “pushing yourself”
- Weighing or measuring yourself on a daily or weekly basis
When you stay consistent you are more likely to achieve your fitness goal. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than your body uses daily. This will allow your body to be in a caloric deficit which means you will drop the pounds.
Likewise, if your goal is to build muscle you need to go to the gym and do resistance training. The frequent stimulus from lifting weights will force your muscles to grow bigger. Not to mention, eating more calories than your body needs to be in a caloric surplus and gain weight.
Your body can only change when you are consistent with your approach. Repetitive stimulus from training is vital. This forces your body to make adaptations to cope with the increased demands. The calories you consume will determine whether you gain, lose, or maintain weight.
“Results don’t come overnight it requires hard work and consistency”
To conclude, these things are essential to achieve any fitness goal.
Without discipline, you will struggle to stay on track with your diet or fitness regime. Social pressure and laziness will prevent you from ever achieving your fitness goal. Cheating on your diet or giving in to social pressure will not help you.
You need the motivation to achieve anything in fitness. You will always have “lazy days” where you don’t want to stick to your diet or do a workout. Yet, the best way to become motivated is to start taking action. You will never regret a workout once you have completed it. Furthermore, think about the bigger picture to increase your motivation. What do you want to achieve? Why is it so important to you?
Finally, consistency forces our bodies to adapt and change. The best way to be consistent is to make the process of striving towards your fitness goal a habit. Once working out and moderating what you eat becomes a habit it will be easy for you to be consistent. This will allow you to achieve your fitness goal.
Daniele D’Alessio is a freelance writer from London. He is passionate about health, sport, and fitness as well as being a fully qualified personal trainer.
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