Finding Fitness: Setting realistic goals

Start your exercise routine with motivation to keep moving forward


Gorr is a registered nurse with a background in fitness and nutrition. The Kenosha native hopes to help local residents find a path to wellness with the knowledge he's gained from personal experience and research. Gorr is a loving husband and father of two.

You made it! 

Congratulations on surviving 2020, likely one of the worst years of your life. 

Maybe you’re here because you made a promise to yourself that if you made it through 2020 you would change your life for the better.

Or you could just be here to waste some time. 

Either way, I’m glad you’re here, and I hope I can help make your decision to make a life change easier — and maybe even a little fun.

To start off, let’s keep it simple. You need a goal.

As we all know, it’s much easier to work towards something when there is an end in sight. It can be something as simple as wanting to fit into the jeans you wore all those years ago. Whatever it is, make sure it’s time-sensitive and achievable.

Far too many times, I see people shooting for things that are unrealistic. These folks post on social media an image of a movie star and say, “Today is the day I start working towards looking like (insert celebrity here).”

“When making a goal, make it time sensitive and achievable.”

Evan Gorr

Unfortunately, after a couple weeks of hard work and dedication, the goal is abandoned. It’s not like you didn’t work hard. It’s not that you didn’t make progress. The reason one gives up is because the bar is set way too high to begin with.

Again, when making a goal, make it time sensitive and achievable. Here’s an example: In one month, I will feel my pants being a little less tight. 

Once the goal is reached, you can work towards another. This will make it a lot easier to see progress and have the motivation to keep moving forward.

Goals are amazing, but how can we take a goal and start working on it? I usually ask my clients what interests them before diving into a workout plan. If you like a challenge and want to see lots of changes in body composition and weight loss, I often suggest weightlifting.

Not only will this encourage you to push yourself to increase your strength, but weightlifting also blasts body fat.

You might want to aim for four to six reps for three sets and lift about 85 percent of the heaviest you can do for one rep. This will result in the quickest muscle gains and fat loss you can find.

If you are looking to just get healthier in general, I always suggest a daily brisk walk. Many people think you need to run to see results from cardio. That’s not true. You can blast fat and burn calories just by walking for 30 minutes each day. 

So grab your kids, your dog, heck even your cat, and go for a nice walk.