Have you ever been shopping at the grocery store and then come home to realize that you have nothing to make for dinner? Instead of planning your week of meals and knowing exactly what you need to prep and cook those meals, you wandered into the grocery store and grabbed what sounded good.
You’ve probably been doing the same thing at the gym. You wander into the gym and hop on a machine all in the guise of “working out”. If you haven’t made a plan or know what you’re aiming for, however, you may find you’re not seeing much of a difference.
What’s Your Goal?
As with your meal plan, you should have a fitness plan as well. Who is your fitness idol? Are you looking at a fitness competition? Do you want to run a marathon, triathlon or some other endurance race? Once you know what you’re aiming for, you’re more apt to hit that target!
A goal gives you something to aim for every time you’re at the gym, on that bike or running trail. You know, for instance, if you want to run a 5K, you have to start with running a little bit more every single day. Any exercise is activity but training has a specific purpose in mind.
Once you begin to meet the smaller targets towards your goal, you will find where you need to make improvements. Everyone has a weakness but you may not find those weak points until you are pushing yourself further. Now that you’ve identified areas of improvement, you may need to find a coach or personal trainer to guide you. A coach will provide smarter and more efficient ways to get you closer and closer to your goal.
Working out means you’re moving and that’s good. Training, however, means that you are progressing every single day. The only way to know this, however, is to measure your progress. The data and records you maintain about your training will allow you to see where you need to focus, how you are improving and how much further you are to your primary goal.
Each day, you will have a baseline of how much weight you need to start with, how far you need to run and so on. If you are feeling weak that day or something seems off, you can get a sense of what is missing. Maybe you need more sleep. Maybe your nutrition didn’t match what you had planned for that day’s training. These records will allow you to adjust to your body’s athletic efficiency.
Staying active is good for general health. If you’re feeling bored or in a rut, find your passion with a fitness goal. Having a goal will help push you toward smaller targets every day. Then, when you’ve reached your accomplishments, you’ll be looking forward to the next level of fitness knowing that you have what it takes to get there.