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Strategies for Setting Fitness Goals for 2022!

Is fitness on your mind? If you’re like us, it’s often on our minds because at Fireyourself.co, we are focused on creating a healthier, happier version of ourselves. It might be that we want to lose weight or get in shape, but no matter what fitness goal is at the forefront of your mind, there are some things you need to know about fitness goals and how to “Fire Yourselfand create a “new self you LOVE”. We’ve compiled a list of 8 pieces of advice for forming fitness goals in 2022! 

  1. Successful fitness goals require a plan. First, you need to understand your fitness goal and why it is important to you. What do you want from your fitness journey? How will achieving this fitness goal benefit both yourself and those around you? Keep in mind that fitness goals should align with other life aspirations as well! If losing weight truly makes the difference between being able to fit into an expensive wedding dress or not, then it might be worth setting aside some money for a personal trainer who can help keep up motivation along the way—especially if maintaining motivation has been tough so far on our own! It’s also key to give yourself enough time to achieve any type of fitness goal – giving yourself too short of a window could set you up for disappointment if fitness goals are not achieved right away.
  2. Break down your fitness goal into smaller, more manageable goals. It’s much easier to focus on losing two pounds this week than it is to think about losing 20 pounds in total by the end of the month. When creating smaller fitness goals, make sure they are specific (e.g., “I will go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next four weeks”), measurable (e.g., “My heart rate will be below 140 beats per minute during my workouts”) and achievable (e.g., “I can fit in three 30-minute workouts each week”). 
  3. When it comes to fitness, there’s no need for drastic measures (i.e., crazy diets or hours upon hours in the gym). No matter what your fitness goal is this year, start with one manageable step each week towards achieving it! If losing weight has always been a top priority for you when setting fitness goals , try focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables instead. It may sound like an odd way to lose weight, but small changes can go a long way when they become lifestyle habits. Also, evalute your current fitness level and set realistic goals based on this information. Trying to run five miles if you’ve never worked out before is going to be extremely challenging—and it’s likely that you’ll give up quickly if this is your only goal. It’s important to start small and gradually increase the difficulty of workouts as you progress. This way, there’s less chance of feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, and you’re more likely to stick with your fitness routine
  4. There is no fitness goal too big or small—it’s all about creating a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Don’t get discouraged if fitness goals aren’t achieved right away; start with one manageable fitness resolution each week, prioritize your health and fitness by making time for workouts (even if it means getting up earlier), and stay positive throughout the whole process!
  5. Create a fitness routine. This is where having a personal trainer can come in handy! Not everyone has the time or knowledge to create a fitness routine that will be effective and safe. A fitness routine should include cardio, strength training, and stretching exercises—and it’s important to switch things up every once in a while, to avoid plateaus. Also remember, if you are working out at home and don’t feel like working out for an hour like you normally do, THEN DON’T!!! But remember, it is important to do something.  In my case, I started with a mile walk, then some stretching, then some dumbbell workouts (I hit gold one day when I walked into Dick’s Sporting Goods and there were a set of Bowflex adjustable dumbbells there in a box….JACKPOT!!!).  Not everyday did I do that though.  When I first started, I went up and down the stairs a couple of times and then progressed to more.  There is momentum in STARTING and the more I did, the more I wanted to do!!
  6. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your fitness goals won’t be either! Be patient with yourself as you work towards meeting your targets each week/month/year. Remember that there will be times when you might not hit your goals (due to lack of time, motivation, etc.), but don’t let this discourage you from continuing your fitness journey. It is important to set up some sort of system and track your progress along the way. This will help ensure that you are on course with achieving your goals when they come due for evaluation at the end of 2022.  It also creates internal motivation because as you see, feel, and hear the results(trust me people are going to tell you how hot you look, how proud they are, how much you look different SO, yes, HEAR) you are going to want to keep moving on which leads us to our next point.
  7. Stay positive. This is perhaps the most important fitness goal of all—keeping a positive attitude towards fitness! If you’re constantly negative about working out, dieting, or feeling like you can’t achieve your goals, then it’s going to be tough to stay on track. Embrace the fitness journey and enjoy seeing progress along the way (even if it’s slow). Remember that fitness goals are about meeting yourself where you’re at right now and continuing to work to be the healthiest version of yourself possible. The remarkable thing is one day, it just hits you!!!  You think you are doing all this work without any avail and then, BAM!!!, you look in the mirror and you realize all the hard work is paying off.  All the blood, sweat, and tears that you have shed are truly paying off and you are reaping the rewards of making the decision to “Fire Yourself” and create  a new happier self you ultimately “LOVE”! 

The key is know yourself and START!  When I woke up and realized it was time to regain control of my life, I realized truly that it was time to start some form of exercise to start fixing the damage I had already done to my body.  I also knew that I wasn’t capable of running 10 miles right off the back nor did I want to try doing P90X(I already tried that and felt worse about myself for not getting through it then I did by starting it).  I did the most important thing there was to do…I started what I wanted to do not what social influences encouraged me to do!  I unconsciously decided to “Fire” my “Old Self” to create a “New Self” that I would be a lot happier with.  As time progressed, I walked more, felt more energetic, and lost weight…all results I was looking for but it was all because I STARTED!

“If we don’t have our health, we don’t have anything” is a saying that most of us have heard all our life, but how true that really is.  All the money in the world doesn’t mean anything if we are laying in a hospital bed barely able to breath.  One key pillar in the F.I.R.E.(Foundational Improvements Require Education) Movement is health and maintaining habits that ultimately allow us to live our best life! Make 2022 the year you “Fire” your “Old Self” and create a new healthier self, while remembering, “Life’s Short, Love the Life You Live”!

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Ron Weber

Ron Weber II is the editor-in-chief and founder of Fire Yourself Media, LLC.  Ron established himself as a sought after automotive professional over the past twenty years.  Over the last 5 years, after a small bout with cancer in 2018 and a four month sabbatical from the auto industry in 2020 due to Covid, his focus has changed to philanthropic work, traveling, and helping others achieve lasting change through personal growth. His mission is simple, to always remember: Life’s Short, Love the Life You Live!! Be sure to subscribe to receive updates of new articles published to the Fire Yourself Magazine and follow him on social media by subscribing below and on Twitter @rweberii.
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