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Why should I have deadlines for my fitness goals?

Think short-term, mid-term, and long-term. Set fitness goals you can achieve tomorrow and in three months. Giving yourself a chance to reach short-term goals will help you move more confidently toward the long-term ones. For instance, if in a year you want to participate in a triathlon, create short-term monthly goals on the distances you want to run, swim, and bike as you gear up for the event. Giving yourself a time-frame also increases the importance of the goal. If you want to look great for a high-school reunion in five months, chances are you are going to focus on what you need to accomplish each month to be ready for the big reveal at the reunion.

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