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Beginner Fit Tip: Set Different Kinds of Goals

Whether it's a new semester at college, an upcoming tropical vacation, or a recent health-risk scare, chances are, there's some sort of motivation behind starting a new fitness plan. The scale gives a hard-and-fast number, but it's not always reflective of all the different ways hard work is paying off. And unfortunately, it's easy to feel discouraged if you're not seeing the results fly off the scale or into your favorite pair of skinny jeans. But the best bet for weight-loss success and enthusiasm is to make lots of different attainable goals and take the time to jot them down on a to-do list.

The sheer commitment and energy that goes into a healthy lifestyle is something to be proud of, so don't underestimate the power of setting doable goals — there's no reason you can't celebrate fitness triumphs both big and small. A big goal like losing 20 pounds won't happen overnight, but bumping up cardio for an extra 20 minutes or lifting heavier weights can happen a few weeks into a program. Heading to the gym day after day is no easy feat, and coming up with a plan you can stick to will have you feeling positive and in control of your health. And there's no better feeling than crossing something off that list!

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