Creating Exercise Goals

It’s well known that physical activity is important for leading a healthy lifestyle, but the benefits go far beyond just keeping a trimmer waistline. The hard part is motivating yourself to get up and exercise.

Here are some steps to get you started on the road to exercising more regularly.

1. Make a plan

Create an exercise schedule for yourself. Jot down the time and type of activity you will do each day and stick to it. Making a plan takes the guesswork out of exercising and helps you stay focused on your goals.

2. Track your progress

Use an online tracking tool or journal to track your improvement. Whether your goal is to walk for 10 minutes a day or to run a marathon, seeing your progress can be a great motivator for sticking
to your goals.

3. Get a workout buddy

Working out with a friend is not only fun, but can also help motivate you to keep up with your exercise plan. Be sure to choose a partner who can both challenge and encourage you.

4. Reward yourself

When you’ve met an exercise goal, reward yourself with something you enjoy, like a day at the spa or a round of golf. After all your hard work, you deserve to treat yourself!

Helpful Tip

Start your long-term exercise goals with a free online tool and resource, MyFitnessPal. It allows you to track what you’re consuming, what activities are, and tallies your calories each day.