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As we return to our normal routine after the holidays, it is easy to forget resolutions and move away from our fitness goals. Those successful in achieving their fitness resolutions are the ones that plan ahead and set goals for every step of the way.

We all begin with an outcome goal, or an end-result that we desire to accomplish. For example, these goals may be weight-loss oriented like losing 20 pounds, a strength goal of performing one solid pull-up, or behavioral goals such as getting to the gym four days per week, every week for the spring semester. Outcome goals are essential in our planning, as we need to have direction and motivation to stick with our resolutions.

Though a long-term goal provides general guidance, many people still fall off their fitness path due to losing track of their goals in the day-to-day. Short-term goals, or process goals, determine the success of the outcome goals. These need to be easily achievable, bridging the gap between your starting place and your desired outcome. If a person were to complete each of these process goals throughout the semester, there would be very little chance of failing the outcome goal.

So begin the semester with some sort of assessment, whether it’s taking advantage of a free fitness assessment at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center or trying out the SRWC’s Bod Pod, receiving your individual caloric needs and body fat percentage. By knowing your initial status, you can make realistic goals for the spring. As the summer approaches, reassess to determine the overall success of your goals.

Also it’s important to make weekly or daily goals to help you stay on track. Use pre- and post-assessments to confirm the long-term goal was met. Stay strong and compete with yourself each and every day!

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