Set & Reach Your Goals: From the First Workout to a Yearly Running Goal

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If you want to make a change, the best approach is to set realistic goals. This is your only chance of breaking out of your comfort zone in the long run. And with every goal you reach, your personal motivation and satisfaction increases.

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Setting goals – Achieving goals

Do you want to change, but you expect too much of yourself?

Most people set unrealistic goals at first. When they realize their goal is unrealistic it’s already too late, because they have lost their drive. Naturally, we feel disappointed in ourselves when we cannot meet the goals we set.

These 2 key tips will help you to stay motivated:

  1. Have short-term and long-term goals: set a yearly goal, such as how many kilometers you want to run in a year or how much weight you want to lose, to give yourself a general framework. But you can only tackle this one step at a time. Why not focus first on building up to a 5k run or doing 3 bodyweight workouts in one week?
  2. Track your progress: seeing results takes time. Having a way to track your progress and see small, weekly changes will keep you motivated. For this you need good tools – fitness apps like the Runtastic app and the Results app will help you set and track your journey – find out more below!

Expert tip:

Before you start any new plan, lifestyle, diet, etc. ask yourself, “Can I do this forever?” If the answer is “no,” then you should probably look for a different solution. There are so many ways to get active!

Long-term goal: your Yearly Running Goal

Your Runtastic app has a great motivational feature: you can set your Yearly Running Goal! Imagine how great it will feel at the end of the year when you reach the total distance you set for yourself.  

You can find it in the the Progress tab of your Runtastic app: just scroll down and click on “Yearly Running goal.” We show you how much you ran the previous year and recommend a goal to really motivate you.

  Yearly running goal feature Yearly running goal feature

We also keep you up-to-date on how you are progressing towards your Yearly Running Goal: we calculate the distance you need to run per week or month to reach your goal. That way you know if you are well underway or if you need to pick up the pace a bit.

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Short-term goal: your first bodyweight workout

If you want to reach your end goal, you have to be flexible day in day out. The Workout Creator in the Results app creates a customized workout for you in seconds. Got only 10 minutes? No problem. Want to focus on your abs? You got it! Just select duration and muscle group and your customized workout is ready!

Runtastic Workout Creator

You will reach your goals – one workout at a time! And when the initial motivation wears off, try one of these 7 ways to motivate yourself to work out when you are not feeling it 😉


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