SET ACHIEVABLE, BUT CHALLENGING GOALS
Set yourself up for success going in to each workout. If you haven't run for a year, start out with something small. When you first set a goal you are energetic and fully motivated but overzealous goals will push you to do too much, too soon, which could cause you to miss your goal, or worse, injure yourself. Breaking a big goal into smaller, more achievable goals can help you both mentally and physically. This method can also help you improve your fitness level gradually and safely, which helps you build confidence. If the goal you set is only achievable in 3 months or more, break it down so that you have something that you can hit after 2 or 3 weeks. Whatever your workout is, there is always a goal you can set, be it a distance in a run, a height in a climb or a rep in an exercise class -- go in to each workout with a goal and persevere to hit it!
Sheena Temple has been a certified personal trainer for over four years and is the owner of High Desert Fitness. It's her vision to provide a comfortable environment for clients to train and improve their overall health and wellness.