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Fit Tip: Set Specific and Attainable Goals

Whether you're looking to lose weight, maintain your weight, lower your blood pressure, tone your muscles, or increase your energy, you've got to create a specific goal. Having a goal helps you focus your work so you can make the changes you want.

When setting a goal, make sure that it's challenging enough to make you work hard, but not so difficult that you give up before really giving it a shot. Set yourself an attainable goal that you believe you can achieve, and remember that you don't have to reach it immediately.

Here are some ideas:

  • Work out a certain number of times a week.
  • Exercise at a certain time every time you work out.
  • Exercise for a certain amount of time.
  • Increase your speed.
  • Take 10,000 steps a day.
  • Exercise for a certain distance.
  • Lift a certain amount of weight.
  • Eat five servings of fruits and veggies daily.
  • Try something new each week.

These are just some general ideas for goals, but you want to choose something that's personal and specific enough for your needs and lifestyle. Choose one or more goals, and write them down or tell all your friends so they become tangible. Your goal can be something you set out to reach once a day or once a week, or it could be a long-term goal that takes several months to achieve. Be sure to set a challenging yet realistic goal, so you're more l likely to succeed and will feel proud when you do.


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