If you want to get in shape the first thing to do is set some goals. The best place to start is with the S.M.A.R.T principle.
Goals should be: Specific. Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time specific.
- lose 10 lbs by Thanksgiving
- learn to throw a slider before the baseball season starts
- get my Brown belt within two years
- increase my lean muscle mass by 10% before the football season starts
Once you determine what you want to accomplish, develop a plan to get you there. This is important for a few reasons. First, if you lay out a plan you know each task to perform to achieve success. Second, with a plan you can track your progress towards your goal – this serves to motivate you. Third, if you’re not hitting the milestones of your plan, make adjustments to get back on course.
It’s so important to have a written action plan & keep a log of your workouts. It’s is amazing how an extra 3 minutes to your workout routine can insure success and allow you to hit the bulls-eye.
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If you think taking the time to write out your goals and develop a plan is stupid or useless, then you’re doomed for failure. If you want to reach your peak ability, a little planning goes a long way.
Taking the time to map out your goal(s) will unburden your mind and allow you to focus intensely on your workouts. It’s all about maximizing your effort, being as efficient as possible, and getting the absolute most from your workouts. These few simple steps will allow you to transform your time in the gym into mind-blowing, results-oriented, ultra intense workouts that will rocket you towards your goal. Just add a dash of commitment, a sprinkling of motivation, and a spoonful of time, and you have the recipe for success.
Don’t get me wrong, hitting the gym without a plan and pushing some iron, or running on the treadmill will absolutely improve your overall fitness, but it won’t set a target for something meaningful. If you’ve taken the leap to devote your precious time to improving, why not get the most out of it. Do it right now! Take 15 minutes and write out your goal(s) following the principles outlined above. Once you’ve done that, reaching your goal suddenly becomes much easier.
Set your goal(s) on paper. Commit to a certain level of activity. If you’re just starting out or especially just starting out, again, you will overestimate your dedication. That will be the beginning of your ultimate failure. Keep it simple. Devote 1 hour per week and move up from there. If you’ve been working out for a while, just ramp it up a few notches, over a period of weeks. If you follow the plan, you will reach your target by definition.
Keep a log of your workouts. It is amazing how an extra 3 minutes to your workout routine can virtually insure success. If you persist, your logs and action plan will become more important than your exercise routines. The routines are simply the execution of the plan. Just keep reviewing your logs and make small incremental adjustments in one or two aspects of your routine every week or two.
Following these guidelines can transform you from a meat-head, gym-rat into a performance machine. Or, from an overweight couch-potato, into a lean, fit person that can effectively handle all that life throws at him. Getting in shape will positively impact every single aspect of your life. Why not squeeze out 2 hours from your week that would otherwise be spent watching TV commercials and do something worthwhile. It gets so much easier after each and every workout.