Beginner athletes – setting goals

Beginner athletes - setting goals

You may have dropped Olympic Gold from your wishlist, but there’s still plenty of room to enjoy a toned, fit and healthy athletic body.

Even if you’ve never played sports professionally, you can still start training for fun, local runs or triathlons. Tough obstacles courses can shift you out of your comfort zone, but it’s best to start with small goals, like a 5km run. Try not to be unrealistic in your goal setting. It may cause anxiety and destroy your confidence. Make sure you have given yourself enough training time before signing up for an event.

One step at a time

Nobody goes from the couch to a marathon overnight. A series of smaller goals lead you there. Start training at least 3 days a week, for about 15 minutes, then gradually increase the intensity and time.

Pace yourself

An indoor running track offers a safe, convenient way to get ready for outdoor fun runs. Try intervals of stepping up the pace for a few minutes and then slowing down for the next few. Sometimes, finding a running buddy at the gym helps to keep you motivated.

Mix it up

Remember that fitness isn’t just about running. You’ll want all your muscle groups to be working towards their optimum levels. Do a bit of strength training on the machines, indoor cycling or a group body conditioning class in-between your track sessions.

Fuel yourself

As you start exercising and burning calories, your metabolism will gradually speed up. Snack on fruit juice or yogurt before a workout and then replenish afterward with a healthy protein snack. Also, stay hydrated. Drink a bottle of water about 2 hours before you exercise, and then refresh every 20 minutes during exercise.

Setting goals and building your fitness delivers tons of benefits beyond just your body. It helps you in the workplace, in your life and in your career. It builds your confidence and sparks your inner glow.

Use the Planet Fitness Club Locator to find an indoor running track near you, or click here to experience a week free and get started on the right track.

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