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How important is it for me to set goals while exercising?

Setting small and attainable goals makes achieving fitness more manageable and less daunting of a task. Much like a house is built in stages, health is a series of steps and goals. By creating clear and manageable goals it creates a clear path and something to focus, each goal you achieve will give you more confidence and encourage you to continue in your quest for fitness. Having goals also helps achieve results since focusing on nothing or everything all at once will not allow you to achieve much success. By focusing on specific goals you will achieve better results than having no goal at all. Start by setting one specific and attainable goal like working out a specific number of times a week, or increasing your walking or running time, then when you’ve achieved that goal create another one.

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