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Fitness Strategy

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Fitness Strategy

Have you ever left a workout thinking, “I could have pushed just a little harder” and have that small feeling of guilt? Well you’re not alone, we all do it. After all who wants put their body through more pain than it is already going through. Then the next day we’re on some wacky website or watching some infomercial with a fit person on the TV and the adrenaline pumps right back. We pack our bags and off to the gym we go again only to repeat the same thing again. Then some people notice little to no changes to their health and physique and get discouraged to work out again.

One of the biggest flaws to a proper training regime is the lack of adequate goal setting and execution. If you walk through a gym and ask people what their target goal is then most of them will be able to tell you they want to lose 20 pounds in 2 months or increase their muscle mass by 10 pounds in 6 weeks. Ok fair enough, then if you ask them, well how do you plan to get there? Some might give you a detailed plan while the vast majority would scratch their heads and either explain that working out will get them there or feed you a line. Let’s look at retirement as an example. I personally want to retire no later than the age of 50. So I’ve got some time till then. I want to have over a million dollars in savings and my expenses paid off. Perfect! That’s a great goal. However, what’s the strategy to execute that goal? What will I need to save per month? What do my expenses look like? How will I do it? Have I looked at economical impacts that are out of my control such as interest rates or inflation? There are several questions and “what ifs” that you need to answer this question but a well thought out strategy is key to achieving any goal in life. We tend to set extreme fitness goals with little direction on how we plan to achieve it.

We often like to stretch our imagination when it comes to setting goals for our health. It’s always great to have a target but without knowing the sweat and sacrifices that go into physical conditioning, its difficult to set a goal. When setting a goal for yourself ask yourself this.

1) Is my goal weight loss? Gain? Conditioning? etc.
2) Where am I today?
3) Where would I like to be in some future amount of time?
4) Educate yourself.
5) Execute, stay motivated and stay positive.

When I used to train people, step number 4 is often omitted and could be the reason for the failure to achieve their goals.  You need to understand your body, understand what foods really impact you, what workouts work best for you, understand what others have done who had the same start and end point etc. Training can be dangerous if you don’t understand what you’re doing in the gym or outside of the gym to your body. Consult a physician, dietitian and trainer to determine options

Having goals and objectives is a great start to leading a healthier life but understanding how to do it and setting up realistic steps to achievement is the true success behind physical fitness.

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