Whether you are a long time exerciser or just getting started there are, I believe,
three things to take into account.
Number one is from Sir Isaac Newton. Every object in a state of uniform motion will
remain in that state of motion unless an external force acts on it. If you are not in motion
and you are just getting started your body is not going to like the force that is being applied
to put it in motion. You have to hang in there and stay at it until you body gets used to
exercising. As we have all heard, it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you are a current
exerciser and you want to continue to improve on your fitness you have to continue to
increase the force or demand you apply to your body.
This leads to number two. You need a plan. Yes showing up at the gym and wondering
around from one machine to the other to do your resistance training or going to your
favorite treadmill and doing 30 minutes at speed 4 is better than sitting on the couch.
But are you getting closer to your goal or simply maintaining the status quo? You need
to track what you do and try to do a little more each time you work out. One more rep on
your split squat or 10 more MEP’s on your cardio workout. The point is, if you do not
track what you are doing how do you plan on improving?
Finally, number 3, your plan. Your plan should lead you closer to your
stated fitness goal, and the biggest pit fall I see in goal setting is a lack of immediacy. For example, if
you want to lose 15 lbs in the next two months. Two months is a long way away, so instead let’s
get 3 lbs off in the next two weeks. Shorter term goals will force you to focus on what
you are doing now to stay on track. If I am looking out two months I can just go ahead
and have that dessert on Friday because I have plenty of time to work it off. Shorten the
time to increase the focus!
So if you need help getting in motion, developing a plan or setting goals; find a fitness
professional to help you. It’s what they do.