by Cricket Wingfield, MD

Are you trying to lose weight or improve your fitness in 2022?

Visualization techniques such as vision boards are remarkably effective for motivating people. They're even used by Olympic athletes.

So, how do you get started on your journey? Let's go through how to create a fitness vision board.

1. Know Your Fitness Goals  

First, you'll need to start by defining your fitness and health goals. You'll want to know what you're picturing, after all!

Begin creating your fitness vision board by thinking about what you're looking to achieve. Do you just want to look and feel better?

You can also think about specific goals you may want to incorporate into your vision board. Are you interested in running a marathon?

You can add benchmarks or milestones that will eventually result in you achieving your goal. Start by adding shorter races to your vision board so that you can work your way up.

2. Starting Your Vision Board

You should start by gathering the materials you need to create a vision board. Of course, you'll need a poster board as the base for your fitness vision board.

You'll need scissors to cut out what you want to put on your board and glue and tape to affix images to it. Pens and markers can be used to decorate or to add more concepts to your vision board.

And, of course, you will need images that represent your goals. Collect magazines focused on health and wellness.

Look at the lifestyle section of your newspaper. You can even print relevant images off the Internet so that you can find exactly what you're seeking.

3. Fleshing Out Your Health and Fitness Motivation Board

It can be hard figuring out what exactly to put on your vision board. Once you have a defined goal, it should be a little easier, but you may still struggle with the creative side of things. So, make sure you look into your specific options when it comes to fitness vision board ideas.

Fitness vision board printables can be a great way to get you started. That way, you'll already have a template set up, so you won't have to start from scratch.

4. Be Creative

If you happen to be an artistic person, there are lots of ways you can make your fitness vision board a beautiful addition to your decor along with a helpful motivational tool. You can use different materials as a base, other than posterboard. Fabric or burlap can add some texture to your vision board.

Use washi tape to create borders that add some balance to the different parts of your board, or to make fun geometric shapes. You could choose a color theme for your images, to keep your whole vision board cohesive.

You could even add some dimension to your vision board. Use string lights around it to draw your focus to it and help you remember to keep manifesting your goals through your actions.
Add motivational quotes to your board to keep yourself inspired and on-mission whenever you look at your board. You can intersperse them with pictures that you find aspirational.

Your vision board doesn't have to be a square or a rectangle, either. You could cut it into a shape that's meaningful to you, or one that better fits the decor in your home. It can be as large or as small as you need. You can even create a vision board small enough to carry around with you, so you can check it out at your leisure.

5. Possible Vision Board Goals

There are other vision board tips you may need to think about. Don't go overboard when you're designing your vision board.

You want to keep the goals on your vision board manageable so that you don't feel overwhelmed every time you look at them. Think about what you want to achieve, and what's tied to your emotional well-being.

Some of the goals you might want to consider adding to your vision board include:

  • Lifting a certain amount of weight
  • Adding more variety to your workout
  • Building muscles
  • Losing weight
  • Joining a sports team and winning a certain number of games
  • Achieving a certain time running a mile

So, think carefully about what you want out of your vision board experience. You can create milestones out of your bigger, overarching goal, which will help you feel like you're moving forward with your mission as you complete them.

You don't have to stick to goals, either. You can add rewards for yourself based on when you achieve milestones on the path to achieving these goals, and commemorate your achievements on the board itself.

6. Finishing Your Vision Board

Once you've completed your vision board, it's time to hang it up. Pick a place in your home you'll be able to see every day, ideally when you first get up. This is a good strategy for helping you keep your goals fresh in your mind, and will help you to keep your focus.

It's also important to be present and patient with your vision board. Manifestation doesn't happen overnight. But, you still need to take action. Try to do at least one thing that puts you closer to your goal every day. It doesn't have to be a major step — it could simply be attending an exercise class, or going for a run.

Fitness Vision Board: Start Today

So, what are you waiting for? Start creating your fitness vision board ASAP. That way, you'll be on the right path to achieving your goals. 

Need a way to get started? Visit Living Vision Board to start downloading printable motivational resources. While you're there, learn more about the Living Vision Board.

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