7 Steps to Sticking to Your Fitness Goals

by Jim Cotta  NSCA CSCS

With a little advanced planning staying fit and active is easier than you think. Follow these 7 simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to sticking to your fitness goals.photo of SMART goals

  1. Set Realistic Goals – make them short-term goals and ones that are achievable so that you can get a win under your belt
  2. Get Very Specific – instead of your goal being to get in better shape, get specific and say I’m going to lose 10 lbs in 3 months, or lose 5% body fat in 3 months
  3. Have a Plan – Once you decide upon a goal you need to have a detailed plan on paper to help get you there. Set up a meeting with me if you need some help in this area
  4. Make One Food Resolution – again make this a short-term resolution like no bread for 2 months, no alcohol for a month, or no soda for 3 months
  5. Put Events on your Calendar – The event could be a walk, 5k, half marathon, bike ride, etc. Or something like a vacation to the beach where you will be in your swimsuit. Something that will keep you accountable and motivated
  6. Place a Wager with a Friend – Bet your friend that you can lose more weight or body fat over a certain amount time.
  7. Join a Workout Class – Nothing better than having others around you to keep you motivated.


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About Jim Cotta

Jim Cotta is the author of Men's Health Workout War. A certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA (CSCS) and a certified golf fitness instructor with Titleist Performance Institute. He's the former head strength coach for the Los Angeles Lakers through 2004.
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