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What preparations can I make to increase my chances of fitness success?

To increase your chances of success, set some goals and track the outcomes of those goals. Also, be prepared to celebrate the accomplishment of each goal. This can help you stay motivated. It often helps to write down your goals on a sheet of paper. As you write, think about setting goals that are specific, challenging, measurable, action-oriented, inspirational, and timely. A specific goal is one that is clearly defined with a definite destination. You are more likely to achieve a specific goal such as "lose five pounds" than simply setting out to "lose some weight". Choose goals that challenge you rather than those you can achieve easily. For example, if it is easy for you to spend 30 minute a day on the treadmill, then make it your goal to spend 45 minutes a day at 50% speed on the treadmill. This goal is also action-oriented rather than allowing you to achieve the goal without any hard work. Setting goals that are action-oriented will help give you something to look forward to once the goal is attained. In addition, you should set goals that can have their progress measured from week to week and are achievable within a short period of time to ensure that you stay determined. Finally, goals should be inspirational to you and in line with your ideals to help you stay motivated and focused on the big picture. Planning your journey ahead will give you greater motivation and enthusiasm for your exercise program.

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