Most people I meet with for the first time are focused on weight loss goals. That’s understandable especially since more Americans are overweight than not. Yes, that’s right, there are actually more people who are overweight than a healthy weight in our country.
Over the last 7 years I’ve met with/talked to 1,000s of people. A trend that I’ve seen is that people who have fitness goals (getting stronger, improving cardiovascular endurance) end up losing more weight and keeping it off than those who don’t.
When I refer to fitness goals, I’m talking about areas like improving push-ups, planks (for abs), wall squats, running (or walking), etc.
With many people, the reaction that I get when I suggest a fitness goal is that they are mainly interested in weight loss. Fitness goals may seem secondary when a person needs to lose a considerable amount of weight, however, the focus on fitness is one of the keys to long term weight loss.
So why are fitness goals important to weight loss? For one thing, it starts to establish exercise as an activity in and of itself, not just a means to an end. When it comes to weight loss, you will get to a point where you lose the weight and there’s no weight left to lose (your ultimate goal). At that point you could lose interest in exercise since you are essentially “done” with your goal. In many cases, this type of mindset leads a person to revert back to old habits, they stop exercising and the weight creeps back on.
When someone gets excited about reaching their fitness goals, a new relationship can form with exercise. When exercise becomes a hobby instead of work, we look forward to it and consistency becomes easier since it isn’t just a means to an end.
With a fitness goal, there’s no limit to how good you can be! You can always be stronger or faster. This means once you reach a certain level, you can work on reaching the next level. The effort put into becoming more fit leads to more calories burned, more muscle built and weight loss maintained.
In our program, I meet with people individually and help them to set fitness goals. We discuss these goals regularly and progress toward meeting the goals. I highly recommend writing down goals (you will be more likely to meet them) and finding accountability.
Write down your fitness goals today and become the best and most fit version of yourself.