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How to Set Fitness Goals for the New Year

The start of a new year is a great time to set a new fitness goal! Setting goals can help you establish a fitness routine, monitor your progress, and stay on track.

Short-term goals are tasks that you can accomplish in the present or very near future. For example:

  • Having the appropriate shoes and clothing for exercise
  • Finding a fitness class you can safely participate in
  • Starting an exercise log or worksheet to monitor your progress

Long-term goals should focus on where you want to be in the future. They should be realistic, personal, and important to you. For example:

  • Being able to walk or swim a mile by the end of the year
  • Losing a certain amount of weight in six months (if recommended by your doctor)
  • Improving your overall fitness in two years

Find more ways you can set fitness goals. You can also download or print this free worksheet to help you set short- and long-term goals.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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