By Alexis Wolfer

The easiest way to reach your fitness goals is… to change them!  No, this isn’t a joke. Rather, it’s merely stating the obvious. And no, we’re not suggesting you throw fitness to the wind and tap into your inner (or not-so-inner) couch potato. Instead, merely redefine your goals so that they’re achievable, satisfying and fulfilling!

Let us explain…

When you say: I want to run a marathon (but can barely run 3 miles now).
We say: Great! (But let’s take it one step  – or jog, if you will – at a time!)
If you’re a seasoned runner, feel free to move on to our next example! If not, we certainly admire your goals. But joining a gym on Monday and deciding to run in the NYC Marathon on Wednesday does not a great plan make. Don’t get us wrong: we have full faith that you can achieve any goal you set. Too often, though, we set a lofty goal only to get discouraged in the process. A marathon takes months, if not years, to train for. So, set small, achievable goals along the way. Maybe start with a 5K and work your way up to a 10K and go from there. You’ll feel the thrill of reaching your intermediate goals throughout the process and will be sure to stay motivated all the way to the finish line!

Need help getting started on a running plan? Click here!

When you say: I want to lose 8lbs.
We say: Throw away your scale!
Who cares what that number says? It doesn’t define you. It doesn’t determine your health, fitness level, attractiveness or anything. It’s just a number. Just. A. Number. And, well, you can only do so much to control it. We’re all built differently, have different bone structures, etcetera. So, set a goal you have full control over. Instead of saying you want to lose some arbitrary amount of weight, say “I want to exercise three times per week” or “I want to stretch for 10 minutes every day” or “I want to run in a 5K.” It’s tangible, doable and fully on you (not some less-than-stellar scale!).

When you say: I want to be a size 6.
We say: Cut out the sizes in your clothes!
Again, we’re not saying to throw your fitness and health plans in the trash. But we all know that a size 8 in one store can be a 12 in another and 6 in another. And, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. We know, we know – easier said than done. But do it once and you’ll forever feel better. You’ll still have your skinny jeans to judge; but instead of feeling defeated by the size tag, you can put your focus on more useful and productive goals like taking the stairs to work or doing calf raises in the shower (hey, every bit counts!).

Click here: Exercises you can do anywhere – even in high heels!

When you say: I need stop binging on junk food/carbs/etc.
We say: Eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the day!
Trying to cut out an entire food group (and, yes, for some of us Swedish fish is a food group!) can be nothing short of a nightmare – a nightmare that’s bound to end brutally when we give in and binge our way to a sugar high (which, we guess, is at least better than some other types of highs… or so we hear). Instead of setting unrealistic goals or placing close-to-impossible limitations on yourself, focus on what you’re adding instead of what you’re eliminating. Trying to eat healthier? It’s easier to think about adding fruits and vegetables to your diet than it is to think about banning bagels. But, trust us, when you add more healthy meals and snacks, you’ll be full and satisfied and much less likely both to feel the 4pm lull and to overindulge on the sweet treats.

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