Your Fitness Journey – Where Do You Begin?
Well, in order to effectively improve on anything in your life you need the ability to create a plan. The process is simple, but simple does not always mean easy. Simple takes work and work involves asking yourself some tough questions and then setting measurable and attainable goals.In order to facilitate there is a basic three step plan:
- Where Am I Now?
- Where do I want to go?
- How am I gonna get there?
So while this seems very simple, it does involve some true self assessment in all three areas. For example:
- Where am I Now?
- What have I been doing the last six months
- What is my weight/ body fat- do I even care
- How do I measure my fitness?
- I can run a mile / walk a mile
- Strength – I am think but weak
- I just want to be able to walk up stairs without being winded
- Where Do I want To Go?
- I want to look great at my reunion
- I want to lose XX pounds
- I want to improve my Marathon Time
- I really want these jeans but I need to fit in them first
- My kids are getting more athletic and I want to participate with them
- It can be anything YOU want, don’t use other people’s standards focus on what is important to YOU!
- How am I Gonna Get There?
- Once you have some Goals established or at least some ideas about where you want to go, it is time to fill in the blanks.
- Find the things that work for you and that are realistically attainable on a daily or weekly basis.
- If you eat 2500 calories a day, it is not realistic to cut back to 1500, it’s not sustainable but 2000 calories is
- If you have never run much before, three miles a day is not sustainable.
- Consistency is the Key, find the things that can be done every day and make smaller more consistent improvements
With diet, find positive changes not negative…for example: try to eat a gram of protein per pound of body weight and fewer carbs. Or try to drink more water.
With Exercise, find the things that are fun and motivating and also combine strength with cardio. Too many people are cardio focused, but cardio only can be drudgery and also depletes your muscle mass.
In closing, please remember that the Exuro team wants you to realize that both life and fitness is a journey, not a destination. That means we must all enjoy the process, the learning and the small daily improvements. Please keep it simple, consistent and most of all fun. One last thought, “fun” does not mean having sugar all of the time, fun can also mean enjoying the challenge, tasking yourself and your friends to simply “do better”.