|Posted on 20 May, 2018 at 14:20|
RYPT Mindset Corner: Targets
How to succeed in your fitness goals
Why NOT to use scales
As a new addition to the RYPT online blogging, I have decided that I will be looking at one idea of psychology each week and reviewing how it can help with your fitness.
This week: Targets
One of the best mental tips in fitness is to adjust your goals. A target should be achievable and rewarded if hit.
Setting your goals too lofty can lead to discouragemen:t so the smaller the goal the better.
Aiming to hit the gym five times a week (from a base position of none) is a recipe for disaster so it’s important to be realistic. Whilst it’s great to be enthusiastic, hitting your targets will give you a confidence boost and ensure you keep on track.
Small successes lead to a confidence boost and inevitably get results. Constantly failing to hit targets leads to discouragement and quitting. Sometimes, the smaller the goal the better: just to kickstart your fitness.
I’d bet most New Years resolutions are firmly out the window by now and that falls under predicament.
Furthermore, scales-based goals rarely work. This is primarily due to a number of reasons and requires quite a revolutionary way of thinking.
Reviewing numbers is inconsistent: depending on time of day, water retention etc (it’s essentially difficult to get two comparable results).
In addition, muscle ironically weighs more than fat, despite being more compact and leading to a better physique. It’s important to stress that this isn’t massively but enough to dissuade some people.
Plus, looking at numbers feeds into this whole unhealthy attitude to calories and eating / not eating based on a number. It’s a dangerous game. If you can put all these into perspective, it’s far more effective and better to use a tape measure or body fat analyser to improve your health.
Let that sink in! Any questions please feel free to email or contact me directly.
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