Fitness Goals I know you have thought about it but have you written it down and committed to it? What am I talking about? Your fitness plan! Now is the time to set some fitness goals for yourself, whether your plan is geared towards starting a running routine, or adding a few strength training exercises or taking some Pilate’s sessions.
Appropriate goal setting will help you to stay focused and it will allow you to train your body to achieve your particular goal, for example, if your plan is to improve your flexibility, implementing 2-3 pilates training sessions each week will allow you to do this and your fitness schedule will reflect this, which will keep you motivated. Be specific with your plan, the more specific you are the better. We have all heard our goals should be SMART, ie: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If improving your strength routine is a goal you are aiming for, a smart goal might be saying “I will strength train 3 times each week, every Monday, Thursday and Sunday for the next 2 months.”
Commit your plan in writing, by keeping a workout log, you can make your own or buy a training book and another fun way is to write yourself a “contract”, sign and date it and post it in a place where you will see it, for example, on the refrigerator. Occasionally review your log, if you are doing the same strength routine, for example, and not seeing anymore improvements, change it up. Try different training splits, or adding staggered sets, (performing a set abdominal or calf work in between sets for your back); or change the weight, reps or number of sets. Rest is another important goal to implement; strength is gained not during the workout but rather when your body is resting. Have at least 1 full day off each week and aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. We all have different schedules so take into consideration the time you will have to commit to the plan and other lifestyle factors. The key is to be consistent, some weeks you may not be able to devote a full hour to exercise but you may have 20 minutes, use those 20 minutes, short, quick workouts are just as effective. But be consistent. Most of all have fun.