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Short and Long Term Goals

Short and Long Term Goals

Erin Mellinger, Owner FT

Short Term and Long Term Goals

At Fitness Together we love goals! We set behavior goals, weight goals, fitness goals, nutrition goals… As accountability experts, it’s in our nature to help clients clearly define their goals and a road map for getting there.

Something that I’ve learned about goals from my years in personal training is the time frame that most people view as “short term” and “long term” goals.

If I were to ask a client about their short term goals I usually get some sort of weight or fitness goal they would like to achieve in the next three to six months. Then, when asked about a long term goal, our clients usually let us know their vision for their health in about one to two years.

And there is where we have our disconnect… To me, a long term goal is not one to two years from now and a short term goal is not three to six months from now.

Time goes fast! Every time I turn around it’s Thursday and time for another blog! The weeks go fast and so do the years and I’m pretty confident most people would agree with me on that.

So in the world of health and fitness, a short term goal should be about a year and a long term goal should be ten to twenty years from now. Because when it comes to physical activity and sound nutrition, that’s really what you need to think about.

If you’re 45 years old and you want to lose 20 pounds then that’s great.. And we want to see people reach their goal weight and their goal fitness levels so they can thrive in their roles in life. But if you’re 45 years old, you need to also do that workout and eat those vegetables because of the type of 65 year old you want to be.

In my humble opinion, exercise is too closely linked with immediate weight loss and toning. And although that tends to happen, that shouldn’t be the only motivation for working out.

So the next time you are thinking about goals, stop and think about how the things you do now and the lifestyle you live now absolutely affects the “you” twenty years from now.

You have to think long term and you have to be realistic about the type of life you want years from now. Do you want to be a 70 year old that has to take frequent breaks on the bench when shopping at the mall? Do you want your kids or grandkids to have to worry about your yard work? Do you want a shower to be a dreaded chore or to grunt and moan every time you get in and out of your car? Then be active today and stay active for those short AND long term goals.

If you need accountability, education or motivation to start a more active lifestyle, we want to help! Call Fitness Together today at 330-952-0833 or visit

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