Starting over? Don't go crazy by setting an unachievable goal.

Starting over? Don't go crazy by setting an unachievable goal.

Kristy McCarley, Founder and CEO of Shazzy Fitness, shares some great advice about what to focus on when you're getting back into shape for the first time in a long time:

Does this sound familiar? You're motivated to get back into shape and you've even managed to carve out a little time in your crazy schedule to get it done. Then, just as you've gotten going, life happens and totally derails your workout schedule.

Before you know it, "I'll just take a few days off until things calm down" has turned into days, months, or even years of little or no physical activity. It can be so challenging to summon up the desire and the courage to start all over again. Which is why I always emphasize to my clients that the first step when it comes to getting back in shape is to come up with a realistic fitness goal.

Ask yourself, What, exactly, do you want to achieve?  Then set a short-term goal–one that's somewhat challenging yet something you think you can reasonably achieve within a month. It could be working once or twice a week for 20 or 30 minutes at a time. It could be doing 25 crunches and 20 push-ups on your knees three days a week. It could be taking a four-week beginner's yoga class, with one 90-minute class per week. Whatever you can do that's realistic, manageable, and yet not too easy.

After the month is over, see how well you've done. You can then decide whether you need to make some adjustments or stick with the same routine. Or you can come up with a new plan to reach a bigger goal. Nothing is more motivating than seeing results, so once you've achieved that first goal, it should be much easier to stay motivated on your path to getting back into shape. You've done it before, so you can do it again!


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