What does getting “real” about fitness in 2018 mean? It means making decisions and choices regarding your fitness level which are based on sound, scientific research, tried and true exercise programs designed by bona fide fitness professionals and being realistic about what your body and lifestyle may honestly support. So many folks, particularly in the early months of a New Year flock to the gym, purchase exercise programs, begin a dietary program for quick weight loss, only to find that this approach does not hold up throughout the year. And, one of the primary reasons may be the lack of realism.
This week, check out the following guidelines leading to your fitness success story so that this year will be the year you become real about your fitness program for life and enjoy all of the benefits that realistic fitness programs have to offer. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
“Real” Guideline #1 Start out your fitness journey, the way you want to end it up—achieving your goals. Self-sabotage includes creating goals which state you will take action that you know intuitively you will not consistently apply. Set yourself up for real success by choosing goals which realistically fit your physical fitness needs and lifestyle. An example would be that you will commit to a structured exercise program more days per week than not (i.e. four days a week). And, if you are able to add a fifth day, then pat yourself on the back but remain committed to the four days each week.
“Real” Guideline #2 If you read this column regularly, you will be familiar with this guideline which is, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” and you should avoid falling into these scenarios. If you carefully listen to folks who have successfully achieved their fitness goals and maintain an optimal fitness level over time, you will notice similar information and experiences. Such as, achieving those goals was hard work, that the program was a priority in their lives and that they too have days when it is hard to follow through with their workout, but they do it. One of my clients recently shared with one of my evening cycling classes that she was leaving work and if she turned right out of the lot she would go home and if she turned left she would attend her workout. She chose to turn left and had a great workout. This is a real life dilemma that many clients encounter daily. Therefore, as I often advise clients, if you can make it in for your workouts on the tough days, walking through the threshold of the club, the other days will be manageable.
“Real” Guideline #3 Ask yourself if you are sincerely happy and satisfied with the body and mind you possess today. If you are, that is fantastic—keep up the great work! If not, consider applying the “crawl, walk, run” philosophy and take steps today to lay out realistic, personal fitness goals in writing. Real fitness goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. This is a critical step to life time fitness success.