Setting Goals

In life it is important to have goals. That is true of exercise as well, but it’s important to set your goals with thoughtful consideration.

Is your goal to lose weight or do you really want to increase muscle mass (which may not show up as weight loss on the scale)?


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Anonymous December 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to lose weight and increase muscle mass?I need both.

  2. Maggie Downie December 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    It all depends on how you look at it. Increasing muscle mass will increase your overall weight, but the more muscle mass that you have, the more calories your body burns during resting periods.

    Therefore, if you increase muscle mass, you may reduce fat, but your weight might stay the same.

    Consider thinking about whether you look and feel healthy more than the number on the scale.

    Never worry about increasing muscle mass because it might increase your weight. It is better to have strong muscles (and like I said, a higher muscle mass will burn more calories!)

  3. dannielo December 18, 2009 at 6:37 am - Reply

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals for 2010, you can use this web application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to yor goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile.

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