Why Short Term Fitness Challenges Work
by Rafael Moret, Author of the Trans4mation Bootcamp System
“30 Days to a New You!”“6 Week Body Transformation Challenge.”
“Transform Your Life in 8 weeks!” Ya, ya we know….:)
There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about what you can get done when it comes to transforming your health and fitness, and how long that transformation should take.
Has anyone ever asked you what your long term fitness goals are?
How did you respond?
Simply put, long term goals are goals you envision for your future. These are not things that can be accomplished today, tomorrow, or even in a week or month’s time.
Long term goals are often made up of one or more of the following:
- Careful planning
- Hard work
Long term goals aren’t easily accomplished.
Tony Robbins says– Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and they underestimate what they can do in two or three decades.
So what’s the point of a six-week challenge or a 4 week challenge or even an 8 week one, then?
It’s not to lose as much weight as possible as quickly as possible. Instead, the point of these challenges is to focus on creating new habits and accomplishing small short term goals.
Like stringing together a few yards in a football game. You get a few yards and finally a 1st down…you build momentum. When you string together multiple weeks of wins you get results and develop some NEW habits.
Doing it with other people that share the same goals lets you know you are not alone. You have other people to relate to and people that understand you because they are going through the same thing.
Who’s checking in on you? Who is making sure you are eating your food and drinking your water,etc etc?
Milestones, or short term goals,like a 4, 6 or 8 week challenge (even 12 wks) help you track your progress and give you a sense of accomplishment as you work toward a larger, long term goal.
When a long term goal takes years to accomplish, it can be easy to feel discouraged and lose your momentum.
That’s why we need short term goals. They help remind us of exactly what we’re working toward and why. They keep us focused and reward us with a sense of achievement along the way.
Rafael Moret Bootcamp Instructor,Fit Ranx instructor and Owner South Florida Fitness Bootcamp