Goal-oriented fitness can have its moments. When you’re training to make a team, beat a time or radically change an unhealthy lifestyle, numbers and dates are often worth shooting for.
But for too many of us, especially at the beginning of a new year, fitness goals trend too lofty and too specific. You want to weigh something in time for a wedding. Or lift something in time for the summer. You promise to get up every day before work for a new, expensive class. When these goals fall short, we’re wracked with guilt. And for most of us, that happens almost immediately — at the beginning of this year, Strava identified January 19th as “Quitters’ Day,” the day people give up on their fitness resolutions.