The Fitness Trail: Get fit strategies for 2014
December 19, 2013
We are just around the corner from the New Year, and it is time to sit down and plan your get fit strategies for 2014. These are not resolutions because we know that, in general, resolutions do not work for the long haul. Strategies are plans that take into consideration our lifestyles, stressors, family, friends and how we want to feel for the rest of our lives. Then, application is how we make those strategies work. So, get out your pen and paper and take each of these ten strategies and specify it to your life, then get out there and apply, apply, apply! As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
1. Set those goals. This is a given if you intend to succeed at anything valuable in life and fitness is certainly one of those "things". The more specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely you can be when writing down your goals, the more likely you will succeed.
2. Keep an exercise and food journal. Why do we keep concentrating on goal setting and journaling–because both work. Make it easy to record and in a format that works for you.
3. Supplemental plans. Always have several supplemental fitness plans addressing all situations in your life. Everything from 15-minute workouts to 60-minute plans, travel plans and sport-specific plans so you are prepared for whatever life throws at you.
4. Hire the best trainers in the business to train you. This means they have the credentials including a university degree in a health/fitness related discipline, years of full-time training experience, certifications in all relevant fields that will apply to your needs and a trainer that will be a good fit for you in terms of personality, loyalty and focus.
5. Do some bona fide due diligence investigating the best quality group fitness programs for you and your fitness goals.
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6. Incorporate high intensity interval training (i.e. H.I.I.T.) into your program two/three days/week. Better yet, have your trainer develop the HIIT programs as well as your supplemental plans.
7. Home fitness. Sure, you may spend a few hours a week at your fitness facility; however, there will be days when you need an in-home program and this is in addition to the supplemental plans. This is a full-blown, comprehensive program for your home which addresses your spacial and equipment needs. *Have your trainer design these for you.
8. Move every day no matter what. Unless you are seriously ill or injured, you need to move daily. And, this means in addition to your daily round.
9. Remember the 90/10 Rule. This rule poses that your weight control is 90 percent about what and how much you put in your mouth and 10 percent about the exercise program. Understand that does not mean that exercise is less important—it is a critical piece to weight control. However, most of us cannot exercise enough to expend consistent excessive caloric input.
10. Give one percent more. There is almost always a little piece of energy that you have not utilized in your workout. This year, give that one percent more. It has a trickle-down effect on your entire life and the happiness that is possible.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.