Most fitness goals are structured around how much muscle you want to build or how much body fat you want to lose. Sometimes it might be a cardiovascular goal, like how many calories you want to burn or how much weight you want to lose. But how “safe“ is your fitness goal?
If your goal was to earn $1 million for example, you would need a secondary goal to clarify that you are unwilling to do anything immoral or illegal in order to get that million dollars.
Now you might say that it would go against your character to do something immoral or illegal anyway, so you don’t need to clarify that. That’s great, you are a good person which probably would make that goal unnecessary.
But with regards to fitness, I see people doing “immoral“ and “illegal“ things all the time.
I see people sacrificing their bodies in order to achieve their #1 goal.
Pushing way too hard and risking injury.
Eating a dangerously low number of calories in order to lose weight quickly.
Not taking enough rest days in between challenging workouts.
If you are of the mindset that you will achieve your goal at all costs, your goals are not balanced and will lead to your downfall. Dramatic, I know. But true.
When you have multiple goals, they balance each other out… If you do it right.
Here’s an example, using my goals.
I have three main goals for fitness. They are listed in order from most important to least important.
My most important fitness goal: remain pain-free. This forces me to stay smart and methodical with my training program, and prevents me from overdoing it.
My next fitness goal is to keep my body fat under 10%. I made this fitness goal so that I don’t get fat in the process of trying to gain muscle.
My third fitness goal is to weigh 200 or more pounds and grow my arms to 16 inches. This goal is more superficial. It’s less important to me how much I weigh and how big my arms are, but it would still be very cool. It’s also less in my control. I could follow the best weightlifting program and get my arms to 15 inches, very muscular. I would say that would be a victory.
Sometimes I’m tempted to workout harder than I need to in the name of losing fat and building muscle. But by balancing my superficial goal with my actual real goals of becoming pain-free and keeping a low body fat percentage, I never do anything that’s counterproductive. This keeps my goals in balance, and safe.
When I’m tempted to eat too much in order to gain weight, I remember her my actual goal is to stay under 10% body fat, therefore I don’t do the traditional “book then cut“ approach to getting muscular. I have set up my goals so that I stay lean during the entire process.
The last element that makes this plan successful is creating and monitoring your KPI‘s, or key performance indicators.
Every week, I monitor my key metrics to determine where I am in my quest toward my goals.
First, my subjective assessment, “am I pain free?”
Second, I measure my body fat percentage.
Third, I weigh myself.
And lastly, I don’t do this as frequently, but I will measure the circumference of my upper arm.
OK, so hopefully you get an idea of how to structure your goals so that they keep you safe and you don’t go off the rails and hurt yourself in pursuit of a silly goal.
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