As a not for profit leisure operator it is our mission to enable people to be more active – we really care about helping people just like you to achieve their health and fitness goals. So, it doesn’t matter if this is your first foray into the world of fitness or you’re an experienced exerciser, we want to help get you on the path to success.

Setting your health and fitness goals | Freedom Leisure gyms

The way to do this is to set goals

You are unlikely to set off on holiday without knowing your destination or jump in the car and just see where the road takes you, so don’t do this when it comes to your health and fitness – know where you would like to end up and what you want to get out of your membership.

Simply take five minutes now, sit down and think about the answers to the questions below to help you set your goals:

  1. What is your top objective? – You may have several and all are important but for now, think about your number one priority and try to be as specific as possible. (Then do the same steps for your other objectives).
  2. When do you want to achieve this by? Set a date, be ambitious but also realistic. Weight loss is a common goal and the general rule of thumb for sustained weight loss is 1lb a week. Weight gain (building muscle) will take longer and should be reflected in your deadline.
  3. Can you break your main goal down into smaller bite size chunks? Identify the steps needed to achieve this and set mini targets – because while having big goals is great, they can sometimes be a little too distant to keep you on track.
  4. Understand what will prevent you achieving your first milestone? Who/what will help you avoid these pitfalls.

  5. How will you celebrate your success, what will if feel like?

Once you’ve answered the above questions and set your goals – write them down somewhere, to lock them in and commit to them.

Richard, Group Fitness Manager
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Make records

Now you’ve set your goals start making records – not just of your goals but of your markers. This is really important so you can see how far you’ve come – especially on days when you are struggling. 

Make sure you record of your starting point. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this! This isn’t just about weight – please take measurements and pictures too. Do NOT SKIP THIS! So many people just weigh themselves and then regret it – as we said earlier the scales can play tricks on you, but measurements and pictures never lie!

 

Write markers down (along with your goal) and if you can try and share them with someone or on social media then do so – we aren’t saying share your weight, measurements or pics (unless you want to) but just put it out there what you want to achieve and that you’ve started – this will make it harder to quit. A simple “I started the gym today to look better for my holiday” type thing will do it.

If you are uncomfortable sharing your goal try and keep it recorded somewhere where you will see it every day (bathroom mirror, inside of a cupboard, on your mobile or the fridge door for example). This will help you make better decisions each day that will over time make sure you get where you want to be.

Fitness goal setting to make the most out of your best gym membership | Freedom Leisure

Celebrate your success

Make sure you celebrate your success. Keep your friends and family up to date with your progress and celebrate appropriately when you hit your milestones and achieve your goal, this is a good way of incentivising yourself – perhaps it’s a new gym top when you hit a new milestone, or a beer or two – yes food and drink can be used as a treat, just don’t go mad and set yourself backwards.

Good luck with your journey. Don’t forget we are here to help you.

Speak with your centre fitness team for help choosing and refining your goals. They will also have a lot of ideas and tips to help you achieve them.