Have you ever started a workout regimen and then after a couple of months you were feeling either
- no better than before you started,
- like working out is as enjoyable as waxing your legs,
- that you will never see even one of the pack of six that make up your abs?
Well, worry not folks, because like kindergarten, we have all been there. So what separates those lucky ones who are seemingly able to look fit, feel fit, and be healthy for a significant amount of time from anyone else? Quite simply, it's a combination of things - genetics, nutritional factors, lifestyle habits, and personal choice. And what drives some of these people from day to day to make choices that most of us can't or won't?
Having a goal directs your energy and gives meaning to what you are doing. For example, if the Stanley Cup did not exist, hockey would be contact figure skating. The problem is that most of us don't know how to set proper goals for ourselves.
Here are some tips:
- Start small: Save Everest for next year. For now, concentrate on getting around the block without stopping.
- Be realistic: Unless you chop off one of your legs, you won't lose 10 pounds in 2 days (a safe average weight loss rate is about 1 to 2 pounds per week).
- Be specific about your goals: The statement "I want to be strong" could be changed into "I want to be able to hold my 5-year-old in one hand, groceries in the other, and still be able to catch the dog before it gets out of the yard."
- Make your goals measurable: Sure you could walk the mall for hours, but see how far you can walk or run in a specific amount of time.
With a solid set of goals in place, your foray into fitness will be a lot less frustrating and a lot more enjoyable!
Pieter van der Linde and Rob Tubajon of Endorphin Junkies,
in association with the MediResource Clinical Team