If you have been feeling discouraged with your progress in your fitness goals and staying in shape, you may be further along on your health journey than you realize. Change can be difficult to see in your day-to-day life. That’s why it’s essential to take notice and celebrate small victories. You never want to underestimate the power of a small win because you will see just how far you have come when you total them all up.
In most situations, we map out our ultimate goal, such as running a specific distance or lifting a certain weight level. Then we say, “When I get there, I’ll celebrate.”
However, published research confirms we are more successful when we notice and acknowledge the little victories throughout the process.
Momentum & Happiness With Your Fitness Goals
Research from Harvard Business School shows how important staying motivated can be in achieving your goals in the gym.
Scientists started by examining the top motivators for people in the workplace. They found that the more frequently people experienced a sense of progress, the more likely they were to be productive in the long run. On top of that, celebrating small wins significantly increased their happiness.
The same can be applied to fitness goals.
Celebrating small achievements as your progress will help keep the momentum toward your goals and help you find joy in your fitness routine.
It Really Works!
The benefits of recognizing your mini victories have more benefits that you might imagine, including:
- reminds you that you’re making progress, and progress feels good
- gives you the motivation to keep going
- triggers you to know that you are successful
- increases your confidence
- lifts your spirits and gives you the boost you need to keep going
- creates a positive mindset and propels you to stay engaged in reaching your final goal
- If you got off the couch today for the first time in weeks and moved for five minutes, you should celebrate
- If you are lifting ten-pound weights instead of five-pounders in your training session, brag to someone about it
- If your smartwatch recorded that you walked an extra half mile, take a screenshot and share it
You may have a long way to go to reach your optimum goal, but just look how far you’ve come!
In other words, spend a few minutes honoring your progress. While it may feel silly to you at first, celebrating is helpful to your continued success. It’s about progress and not perfection.
Tips for Setting Achievable Goals
First, set goals that are realistic and attainable. Don’t try to go from zero to hero overnight – instead, focus on those small steps that will help you build toward your ultimate goal. For example, if you’re just starting out, aim to work out for 30 minutes a day, three times a week. As you get stronger and more comfortable at the gym, you can gradually increase your workout time and frequency.
Second, track your progress. This tip will help you stay motivated and see how far you’ve come. Whether you keep a workout journal, use a fitness app, or simply jot down your accomplishments on a sticky note, make sure you’re regularly checking in on your progress.
Finally, reward yourself for your hard work. Whether it’s treating yourself to a healthy snack or indulging in a relaxing massage, make sure you take time to celebrate your achievements. By setting little goals and working towards them consistently, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your ultimate fitness goals.
FBBC Helps You Meet & Celebrate Your Fitness Goals
Fit Body Boot Camp offers group sessions led by certified coaches that keep you motivated and injury-free. Our professionals will help you set and achieve your goals, both big and small. We will be right by your side every step of the way and celebrate your accomplishments.
Fit Body Boot Camp offers small group fitness classes that are both affordable and supportive. The dedication and encouragement of your fellow members will inspire you.
We are dedicated to delivering training sessions that produce results. Our workouts are created for every fitness level, and our signature Afterburn Workout burns twice the calories in half the time. The proprietary FBBC program also helps to increase your metabolism to a higher rate for up to 36 hours post-workout! We have no intimidating equipment, and you won’t have to figure it out alone.
Join us at Fit Body Boot Camp today to begin your journey to optimum health!