Setting goals is a good way to push yourself to take action and help you achieve change.
If you want to lose weight or get in shape, setting a goal to do a half marathon, compete in bodybuilding or do a “Tough Mudder” type event might seem like the perfect plan.
Except that doing any one of these things will not get you to your goal body.
Sure, it may get you to your goal of having done a race, competition or event, but it isn’t likely to result in your dream body. Here’s why:
You could burn out
- Training for an endurance event or even a fitness competition is really tough. It requires adhering to a rigorous training schedule and sometimes sticking to a pretty specific diet. This can be a real challenge with everything else you have going on in life.
- If you’re already super busy and barely have time for diet and exercise, committing to train for a race or competition could be biting off more than you can chew. That could results in burning out and abandoning the plan.
You might end up injured
- Just as training for an event or competition is tough on your schedule, it is even more so on your body. There’s a reason why these things are hard. Running dozens of miles a week or hitting the gym twice a day is very physically demanding.
- When you’re doing this much training, your risk of injury is exponentially higher. If you’re hurt, you’re not going to be able to complete the race or compete on stage.
You can’t stick to it
- If you do get through training without burning out or getting hurt, and you do successfully run a marathon or do a fitness competition – awesome! Now that you’re done, you’re probably not going to keep training and eating the way you were because … what’s the point? It can be really tough to maintain such a strict regimen without that goal to motivate you.
- Now you’ve gotten down the size you wanted, or the scale reached your goal number or you feel good in a bikini or… whatever. That’s great. A few weeks down the road, however, you’re no longer adhering to that strict regimen and what do you know .. the pants are now fitting tighter and the scale is creeping up.
- The diet and the exercise program that was required in order to obtain that “goal” body were never intended to be a long-term thing. So the results were temporary.
I am NOT saying you should not sign up for a marathon or half-marathon, you should NOT do a fitness competition or other event. What I’m saying is the motivator for doing one of those things should be to have done it, not to reach a goal body or goal weight.
The way to get your ideal weight or your goal body is by making small sustainable habit and lifestyle changes that are going to take you to that result slowly over time in a way that you can maintain long term.
Temporary means will always reward you with temporary results.