FITNESS, HEALTH AND EXERCISE FACTS
“Failing to Plan is – Planning to Fail”
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“Failing to plan is – Planning to fail.” I’m sure that most, if not all, of you have heard this quote before. In the world of fitness it’s oh so true. When it comes to your fitness, having a plan as to how you will improve or maintain your fitness is worth its weight in gold. An analogy that I like to use to remind my clients of this fact is, “Would you simply get in your car and drive aimlessly around looking for ‘some destination,’ or instead, decide where you’re trying to go, and then plan on how to get there?” Having a fitness goal of “getting fit” or “getting in shape” is a lot like NOT having a real destination of where you want to go, and, working out “one of these days,” or “when I have time or a chance” is NOT a real plan for how you’re going to get there.
So what I recommend is you take a moment to sit down with a pencil and paper to write down your fitness goals, or to discuss them with a certified fitness professional. This will give you the opportunity to explore what your fitness goals are, and to prioritize and quantify them. One of the most common complaints as to why people DON’T exercise regularly is “not enough time.” So, by prioritizing your exercises, you can at least begin to focus your limited time and attention to those areas of weakness in your fitness. Remember, true fitness is comprised of FIVE components: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition and cardiovascular condition, so take the time to address each of these in your planning (Caveat: even though your planning will help you prioritize your workouts, never totally ignore your strengths!).
Quantifying your goals is a great way to gauge your progress as well as to help you stay on course. So, having a goal of “reduce my body fat by 2%,” or “increase my ability to walk from 1 mile to 2 miles,” are things that you can measure. Think of this as your odometer to help you measure how far you’ve come and how far you have yet to go to reach your destination.
Once you have a better idea of WHAT you want to do, then you can concentrate on the HOW! Again, unless you’re an experienced exerciser, I would recommend spending some time with an experienced certified fitness professional to help you create a plan. There is a wide-variety of exercises that you can perform to help you reach your fitness goals – your only limitation is your imagination! That being said, not all exercises are appropriate for everyone, so caution is a key here, and again, “when in doubt, seek the advice of an experienced and certified fitness professional.”
With an understanding of what you want to accomplish, and a concrete plan in hand on how you’re going to do it, making it to your FITNESS DESTINATION should be a lot more focused and efficient.
Good luck and have FUN!
*** As with all exercise, always check with your physician to ensure that your exercise plan is appropriate for you BEFORE undertaking any exercise. ***
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