Create an effective fitness plan for sustainable health and fitness.
We’re in the third month of the new year. How are you doing on your fitness goals?
The arrival of a new year drives the momentum, enthusiasm and commitment for health and fitness goals. Now is about the time when some of the new year momentum may be slowing down. Right?
We’re not ready to give up. Never. Possibly make a few changes but never give up.
Do you have a plan? Is your plan working? Evaluate your current plan or create a new one with these tips:
1. START FROM WHERE YOU ARE
Create a vision of progress and success based on your fitness level. It doesn’t matter how fast you can run or the weights you can lift today. What matters is that you improve and make progress toward meeting your goal. This is all about you.
Make a list of physical activities that you enjoy, or that you would like to try, starting with the one you like the most.
Write down three things that you would like to accomplish in terms of health and fitness. Be very specific with goals, such as how much and by when you want to accomplish these them. Make sure you goals include activities you enjoy. If you don’t like running, running a marathon might not be the goal for you.
4. Total Body PLAN
Create a plan that includes activities to address total body fitness:
- Cardiorespiratory Endurance
- Muscular Strength/Endurance
To create a long-term effective workout plan, it is vital that you make fitness a priority in your daily scheduling. Plan your fitness just as you would any other appointment and block off that time in your day.
6. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Set up resources to track what you do on a daily basis. Focus on your accomplishments big and small. Use the information you choose to track (e.e., amount of weight, pace, weight loss, etc.), Use the information to evaluate the effectiveness of your plan and make changes if something’s not working for you.
An effective workout plan can help you avoid setbacks when life happens and things come up [as they inevitably will]. Plan ahead for obstacles and identify alternatives.
Even with the best of plans the effectiveness and success are up to you. It is up to you to take action and follow through every day.
Don’t skip this step! Evaluate your fitness plan on a regular basis and honestly reflect on the following questions:
- What is going well?
- What is not going so well?
- What were my obstacles and did I overcome them?
- What is not working that I need to change?
- What about the plan am I enjoying?
Plan, prioritize and take action each and every day. It is a fluid process that is extremely empowering, inspiring and enjoyable. Remember, start slowly and don’t get discouraged when you fail—simply move on and refocus on your detailed plan. And always keep in mind the many positive benefits of physical fitness, because it can truly change and save your life.
I would love to chat:
What is the more important part for the success of your fitness plan? What’s the best advice you’ve ever received for sustainable lifelong fitness?
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