Happy New Year to you!
One week into the start of 2015, you may already feel anxiety about your fitness goals (among other commitments you've undoubtedly made to yourself). You may also feel distressed over your health due to the flu and cold season, which is unusually high so far this season. On the other hand, hopefully you are energized to make this year your best ever! Fitness goals come a dime a dozen, and everyone has an opinion on what, how and for how long you need to fulfill your dream of living in that perfect body.
Our team has this message for you: Go Crazy but Exercise Caution when it comes to Fitness Resolutions!
1. Go Crazy - set one-three major health-related goals for 2015. Think BIG, like run your first road race (not just a charity walk, and not just to finish, but run/compete, any distance). Don't go for weight loss - it just makes you a slave to your scale. Other excellent options:
- get off "x" daily medication for a lifestyle condition
- return to pre-pregnancy, or wedding day, body weight
- fit into your favorite little black dress/suit
- learn to surf or sail or play tennis
Fitness goals are needed to anchor your daily, weekly and monthly perspectives, but dropping pounds doesn't motivate most people. Also, make yourself accountable by sharing your goal with a friend or with ALL of your friends on Facebook.
2. Exercise Caution - sprinting out of the gate with 5x/week gym visits, the newest gadgets, and the most expensive gear fuels the fire for the short term only. You have to invest your time and energy wisely in order to achieve a major fitness goal. Follow these easy steps:
- First, break your goal down into parts. Though they vary in length and difficulty, there's a beginning/intro to your goal, as well as a middle part and the end, the success or failure point, of the resolution. This is one of the reasons why ALL goals need a specific date.
- The beginning or preview period may last between one and six weeks, where you mentally and physically prepare. For example, you want to run your first marathon. Take 2-3 weeks to read about how other people have succeeded, talk to others about marathons, engage your body in stability workouts so that when you really start training, you avoid overuse injuries.
- Build intensity gradually as the real work begins. Through trial and error, you have to push yourself but be able to maintain the level of energy you need to finish the job.
Let us know if you need help fine-tuning your exercise goals for the year. Our team would love to see you succeed in 2015.