Whether you’re trying to get ripped or lose weight, setting fitness goals and achieving them are two different things.

Did you know that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution in the United States? While a lot of people set fitness-related resolutions, 80 percent of them give up on those resolutions by February. That’s because setting fitness goals is easy, but actually achieving them can be incredibly difficult. However, that does not mean that achieving your fitness goals is impossible, no matter how steep the battle may be. With the right tools and a little know-how, you’ll have what it takes to achieve your fitness goals. Here are a few tips to help:

#1. Break your long-term goals into short-term goals.

Long-term goals can seem overwhelming and impossible to reach, but when you break them up into short-term goals, they become much more attainable. For example, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, you’re not going to be able to reach that goal today, no matter what you do. But you can go for a run or lift weights at the gym today.

#2. Make sure that your goal is measurable.

There’s a reason why a goal of losing 15 pounds is more attainable than a goal of just “getting in shape.” Your goals need to be specific and measurable if you’re going to be able to keep track of your progress. While weight is probably the most common, measurable fitness goal, it’s not the only one. Your goal could be to gain or lose a certain number of inches, to fit into a specific outfit, to be able to run a certain number of miles or to be able to lift a certain number of pounds.

#3. Make sure that your goal is realistic.

In order to reach your goal, it has to be reachable and realistic. You’ll never achieve your goal if it is to become the Hulk by next week. But if your goal is simply to work out for an hour every day for a week, that’s actually a goal you can achieve.

#4. Keep track of your progress.

When you are working towards a fitness goal, it’s incredibly important to make sure you keep track of your progress. It’s can be difficult to stay motivated to consistently work towards your goal if you don’t know how far you’ve come. And in order to know how far you’ve come, you have to know where you started. Keeping track of your progress from the start gives you a reason to keep going day after day.

#5. Share your goals with someone.

While it’s important to be accountable to yourself, sometimes that’s not enough motivation to get through those days when you just don’t have the motivation to keep going. Sharing your goal with someone and asking them to keep you accountable gives you one more reason to keep working towards your goal, and sometimes, one more reason is all you need.

#6. Celebrate your victories.

The road to reaching your fitness goals is paved with little victories. Every time you choose to work out instead of binging Game of Thrones, it’s a victory. Every time you push yourself to do one more set instead of throwing in the towel, it’s a victory. Every time you get back up and keep trying after a failure, it’s a victory. While reaching your overall goal is incredible, it’s important to recognize and celebrate those little victories along the way.

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