I'm usually not one to do the whole New Year's Resolution thing since I like to set and reach goals throughout the year. However, I decided to take part in a fitness challenge that my Twitter friend @kokogirl started up. The Twitter Trim Up Challenge starts next month.
Now before you get the wrong idea - neither Lisa (@kokogirl) nor myself are fitness experts whatsoever. She's just interested in living a healthier lifestyle and getting her Twitter buds in on the action to help stay motivated.
If you're on Twitter, give her a follow and check out her blog for all the details.
So what are you waiting for? Make some goals and get started!
1. Where do I start with fitness goals?
Personally, I believe that goals must be tangible as well as challenging. I would not give myself the goal of being able to surf Pipleline as well as Kelly Slater by next winter. I would be setting myself up for failure. However, I need to make the goal challenging - such as being able to surf in consistent double-overhead sets for at least two hours.
2. Why do I need to make goals?
If you have goals you can measure your success. Without goals it is easy to get sidetracked since you don't have something to stick to.
3. How should I make these goals?
Your goals should be something that YOU want. If you've got a goal that is someone else's you are more likely to fail. Any way you slice it, you shouldn't set yourself up for failure. Make sure that your goals are within your physical and mental potential.
Next, make sure you have an idea how to get to your goal. If you want to lose ten pounds how are you going to do it? Don't just say that you want to lose ten pounds, say that you want to lose ten pounds and you are going to do it by getting on the treadmill three times a week and cutting out sodas.
4. What happens if I don't make my goals?
If you don't make your goals you should probably just completely give up on setting goals ever again since you will probably never meet them.
As the cliche says: if at first you don't succeed - try, try again. Not being successful the first time isn't the end of the world. Give yourself a break. On the other hand, make sure you keep the balance and don't give yourself too much of a pass ticket! Reassess if you set yourself up to fail and then get back out there.
5. What should I do after I meet my goals?
When you meet your goals then make your next goal to keep the progress that you have made. Afterward, push yourself. If I make my surfing goals quickly then I just might try to be Kelly Slater at Pipeline. Or not.
So here are my goals and the rough outline of how I will achieve them. I'll be tweeting and blogging about them as I go:
For the record - the very first thing I have to do is see my sports medicine doc. Unfortunately, I push myself a little more than I should and did something to my knee that I can no longer ignore. The moral of the story there is to know your limitations. I'm hoping to be back in the water in the next few days so wish me luck!
What are your fitness goals?