How many times have you set a goal to do 30 to 60 minutes of cardio a day, only to have set that particular goal aside within the first few days or weeks because you simply couldn’t fit it in? This is a very common occurrence that causes a number of people to give up on their dreams of becoming more fit, blaming their lack of willpower for their inability to progress. However, most often this can be easily remedied simply by creating cardio fitness goals that are more realistic for your lifestyle.
For instance, if you are a busy person that is trying to juggle a family, a full work schedule, and some online courses to further your education, setting a goal to exercise an hour a day is likely too much. Realistically, you probably don’t have that much time to work on your fitness and continuously falling short of your goal can sap your motivation in the process, making it even harder to reach higher levels when it comes to your cardiovascular fitness.
Therefore, you need to keep your lifestyle in mind when creating your fitness-related goals and set them according to what you can feasibly do. For some people, this means lowering the daily amount to 30 minutes or even 20 minutes if that is all you have. Don’t worry yourself over it as some exercise is better than no exercise at all. Just break it down as much as you need to actually do it.
Additionally, research has found that chunking exercise into 10-minute sessions offers some benefits as well. This is great news as it allows you to use whatever time you have available (like during work breaks or while waiting for a meeting) to build your fitness and get closer to your goals.
Now, look at your lifestyle realistically and set a goal that works for you. If you’d like, share it below to further your commitment, enticing others to do the same!