It’s time to set some actual goals.
We’ve all been guilty of it. Showing up at the gym. Looking around, being a bit overwhelmed by all of the options. Maybe you even showed up with a plan to do some bench press but then that guy who sits on his phone and takes hours for each set is using it. It can be discouraging. Having a goal for your workout plan is essential. Not only an ultimate goal, but a weekly and per-workout goal as well.
Different people are looking for different results. Some of us want to be thinner. Some of us want to have more muscle. Some of us just want to be generally more healthy. Regardless of why you’re working out, knowing your end goal will save you from wasting time and will point you in the right direction.
Today, we’re going through a few different end goal scenarios and what you’ll want to focus on for each…
If you’re looking to drop some pounds and slim down that waistline, that’s excellent! First of all, congratulations on taking control of your well being. You’ll want to mainly focus on boosting your metabolism so as to be burning as many calories as possible, ending your days at a caloric deficit so you lose weight. Focus on cardio exercises like running, swimming, and jumping rope primarily. Switch between cardio and lightweight strength training. You don’t want to do the same workout two days in a row. By keeping your body guessing with different workouts, your system will be working harder to get you back to an even level of maintenance.
If filling out your clothes a bit more and achieving that super hero physique that’s so popular right now is your goal, then you’ll want to stick more to weight and strength training. Adding in little bits of cardio is fine, but you don’t want to push your cardiovascular system to hard to where it starts burning muscle. Ensure that you’re taking in plenty of healthy calories, as strength training can actually be one of the best ways to burn fat, but it will also start to eat away at the precious muscle you’re building if you don’t eat enough. Work on a fitness plan that pushes you to continue getting stronger and lifting heavier weights. This will cause muscles to tear and reform in larger masses.
If you’re someone who isn’t too worried about losing weight but also isn’t that interested in becoming more muscular, you’ll want to do a mix of everything. Cardio exercise will strengthen your entire body, so get out and go for a run or do a HIIT workout a couple of days per week. You’ll also want to be doing some light strength training to keep your muscles toned and flexible. Focus on only using bodyweight in your workouts. There’s no need to add extra weight if you’re not interested in building mass. By working out with your bodyweight, you’ll build functional strength that will keep your bones and joints healthier over time.
Be sure that regardless of your goals, you’re doing your research. Go in with a plan as opposed to winging it. Stick to your plan and goals will be reached exponentially faster than if you’d failed to follow a plan.