3 Tips to Turn Stressful Fitness Goals into Sustainable Ones

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Are you pressured or stressed out trying to reach your fitness goals? This might be because you have yet to reach your goals. After all, it can be easy to fall into a fear of failure. Unfortunately, such goals that induce pressure isn’t a good goal to have long-term. Sure, it might bring great results, but such results can only be maintained for a short amount of time. 

Without a sustainable goal, you will fall right back into the loop of failure, hurting your exercising experience. Fortunately, exercising goals do not have to be plagued with stress and pressure. Here are some tips to help turn your stressful exercise goals into sustainable habits:

1. Be Prepared for Failures

In every activity you are going to take part in, failure is always something that can happen. This is especially true when it comes to exercise. Not every day do you feel pumped and motivated to exercise, and not every day do you feel satisfaction after the hard work. Setbacks are normal, but what differentiates those who fail and those who succeed is the will to push through even when things aren’t looking great.

That said, we highly recommend setting smaller goals when such days occur, a tip we will delve into a little deeper water. They’re a lot more forgiving, and the sense of achieving the goals can be a driver to keep you exercising until you can recover.

2. Track Your Fitness Journey 

Why is it important to track your fitness journey? For one, you can stay accountable to yourself so that you won’t forget your goals if something were to come up and steal your attention. However, the more significant reason to track your journey is so that you won’t get lost in the chaos of life when trying to achieve your exercise goals.

An excellent way to track your journey is to write it in a journal. There, you can write about what goals you want to achieve, how you felt about an exercise session, what you ate for the day, and more. If you are working with a personal trainer, give them access to this journal. This way, they can create a training plan that will fit your needs even better.

3. Break Down Big Goals into Small Ones

Previously, we talked about setting smaller goals on your down days to help exercise a little more forgiving. However, this is a tip you can apply generally. We mean that rather than setting over-the-top goals for your exercising efforts, it is better to set smaller ones.

Sure, it looks good to set big goals, but they’re a significant challenge to reach. More often than not, you are left more disappointed than actually happy when you do not reach them, even if you get nearer—as such, setting small goals can allow you to enjoy small victories that help you step ever closer to your biggest goals.


Your fitness goals do not have to be filled with stress, pressure, and disappointments. Sure, there will be days that you will experience those, but if you create sustainable, long-term goals, you will be rewarded with more satisfaction than ever. This is a great way to stay motivated in the long term, ensuring that your body continues to become healthier and stronger without burning yourself out. 

That said, if you have any other questions about creating reasonable exercise goals, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional trainer for help. They’ll understand your needs and will make a strategy that will help you reach your goals.

Kalev Fitness Solution offers expert personal trainers in Vancouver specializing in fitness, cross-training, nutrition, and more. If you need help with personal training to maximize your exercising efforts, work with us today!