You set out to accomplish something big, and you worked your tail off to get there. Congratulations — you finally reached your fitness goal! It’s time to celebrate. Yet you might be thinking to yourself — now what? You don’t want to lose this momentum, but you also want to be realistic. Your goal motivated you to this point, so you want to be thoughtful about the next milestone you strive for to ensure you never stop seeking to get better.
If you’re looking to set new fitness goals for yourself, here are some tips for refining them:
reflect on how you’ve changed
Chances are, through the process of striving towards your fitness goals, you’ve changed. Take some time to reflect on how you’ve changed, both as a person and in terms of your lifestyle. Maybe you have become more ambitious through this process, and therefore, can strive for bigger goals. Maybe your schedule has gotten busier with a new job, hobby, or relationship, and now you need to adapt your fitness routine to better fit into your life.
This time you’re setting goals, you’re a new person, so make them according to who you are now, not who you used to be.
focus on what worked…
Think about what helped you succeed in the past. Did waking up earlier to incorporate a morning workout give you the time you were lacking before? Did meal prep help you eat healthily consistently? Consider what behaviors helped you achieve what you were striving for, and you are more likely to achieve your new goals as well. Keep in mind that if they aren’t helping you towards your new goal as they did before, you can always revise them.