Reese’s Pieces – Setting Goals Part 1, 4-5-16

Reese Elliot

003 4-5-16 Reese’s Pieces Setting Goals Part 1

Many people grew up with an aversion to the gym and physical activities. Luckily, nowadays there are a plethora of tools available to fitness enthusiasts. This updated health and fitness information is available now more than ever before. Through these tidal waves of research and statistics it is our job to discern what works best for us. Programming a health and fitness plan can seem quite daunting. The first thing we must do is determine our fitness goals.

When planning a workout program, it is important to determine what your short and long term goals are. Having goals that you constantly work towards keeps us accountable. Making these goals realistic is absolutely vital. If we work towards something that isn’t achievable we will be our own worst critic when we don’t achieve. This sort of negative self-thought is not conducive to getting what we want out of fitness or dance. So what do we do? We set goals with our trainer or instructor and we put together a plan to achieve this. Today, we will focus on short term goals.

I don’t want to keep anybody from dreaming big. I’m not saying big dreams aren’t necessary for our mental health. However, when it comes to fitness training it’s best to set realistic short term goals that help you feel accomplished. These short term goals could be something as simple as walking three times a week, or drinking enough water every day. Sticking to these short term goals will help us develop towards our long term ones. For us dancers, a good goal to set is the frequency that we attend class. This is something we all have control over and it only benefits us. If you set a goal of coming to a group class three times a week, stick to it. You may not see the benefits immediately, but you are working towards your long term goals.

Any journey that’s worth taking has bumps and obstacles along the way. Our journey to live a healthier, more active lifestyle is no exception. Goals are a way for us to maintain accountability. Lapses happen, and when they do it’s important to remember that it happens to everybody. Even the professionals. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”- Zig Ziglar

Thank You,

Reese Rolison, Dance Professional

Arthur Murray Santa Monica

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