Forming good habits is the first step towards achieving your fitness goals.

Of the many people who have successfully achieved their fitness goals, a large amount shares common habits that helped them along the way. At Goal Plus, we offer an app that will provide you with the tools you need to set, track and share your fitness goals. And, in addition to our fitness accountability app, we’ve also set out to provide you with the knowledge you need to reach your fitness goals. Throughout the journey, you’ll form many habits, whether they’re good or bad is up to you. In a previous blog series, we went over bad habits that can keep you from reaching your fitness goals, and today, we’ll be going over good habits that can help you be successful.

#1. Don’t break promises, even if they’re only to yourself.

When things start to get crazy and your schedule starts filling up, it’s easy to push aside the time you’ve set aside for working towards your goals. The fact of the matter is that it’s much easier to break a promise to yourself than it is to break a promise to anyone else, but in order to make real progress, you’ll need to start keeping those promises. When you make a promise to yourself to work out three days a week or take the stairs instead of the elevator, make those promises your priority and stick with them.

#2. Make it part of your daily routine.

If you just plan to get to the gym “when you feel like it,”there’s a good chance you’ll never feel like it. Life always seems to get in the way, and people always find excuses to get out of doing something, especially if it pushes them out of their comfort zone. People who are truly successful in meeting their fitness goals don’t leave them up to chance. Instead, they make working towards their goals a regular part of their schedule and routine.

#3. Be mindful about your choices.

Reaching your fitness goals isn’t about making big, sweeping changes. In fact, this approach is typically counterproductive, as these kinds of changes are incredibly difficult to sustain in the long run. But by making lots of small changes, like riding your bike to work instead of driving, choosing to bring your lunch instead of going out to eat or taking a few minutes out of your day to stand up and walk around, you’ll have a much higher chance of sustaining long-term success. So, instead of just following your normal routine without questioning it, take the time to think about each one of your choices and ask yourself if it will help or hurt your progress.

#4. Lean on your support system.

Having a support system in place with a friend or two who can hold you accountable to your goals is important, but only if you make it a point to lean on them when you need to. Why? Because of the first good habit we went over. It’s so much easier to keep your promises when you’re making them to someone else than when you’re making them to yourself. Make sure to keep your support system updated on your progress, which should include both victories and failures. They’ll help to make the victories that much sweeter, and they’ll help you get back on the horse after you’ve fallen.

#5. Keep track of your progress.

Most fitness goals take time to accomplish, which means that you need to find a way to stay motivated for weeks, months or even years on end. But, how? One of the best motivators for many people is success. For example, if you’re trying to lose a certain number of pounds, it’ll be much easier to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine in the long-term when you take time to recognize the progress you’ve already made. Keeping track of your progress also allows you to analyze whether what you’re doing is getting the results you want as well, giving you the ability to adjust your strategy as needed.

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Forming good habits is essential for reaching your fitness goals, and the Goal Plus app can help you form those habits. Download our Android fitness accountability app today, and stay tuned for our next blog to learn more good habits that can help you reach your fitness goals.