It's great to have big fitness goals in mind, like wanting to run your first 5 or 10K. Or maybe you want to be strong enough to do 30 push-ups without your knees on the ground. Big goals are admirable, but it's the little goals along the way that help us stick to a regular exercise routine. So before heading out for your run, bike ride, or strength-training session, make a specific goal for that workout. You're more likely to cut your workout short if you don't outline a short-term goal for that day, so instead of saying, "Well, I'll see how I feel today," before you even start, decide what you'll be doing. Tell yourself, "I'll run 20 minutes," or "I'll complete five upper body exercises." You'll feel good once you accomplish your mini-goal, and once you get in the habit, you'll be more likely to follow through on other goals you set.
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