Setting for success

I have had the opportunity to meet so many different people throughout my career in health and wellness.  There have been older adults and teens, serious athletes and weekend warriors.  I have had many conversations over the years with new, and ongoing, clients as to what they need to do to be successful in their fitness endeavors.  The first thing that has to be determined is what, in their mind, is success and how do we set them up for that success.  This is such a key component because if you aren’t set for success then you will get frustrated and quit your workout routine completely.  They two biggest questions, in my opinion, that need to be answered are what do you want to attain and how much time per week do you legitimately have to put in to your goal.  If you tell me you want to become a bodybuilder or run a marathon but you only have three days a week for 45 minutes to an hour each time to exercise, it is my job as a trainer to have that heart to heart and say listen, you can improve your fitness level with three days a week but you are most likely not going to be a bodybuilder or run that marathon.  There is nothing wrong with that but lets just adjust those goals.

Setting up for success also means having those goals for how much per week you are going to exercise something that you can achieve.  If I meet someone who is overweight, hasn’t exercised in 20 years and suddenly decides to workout 7 days a week, I will be honest with them and say why don’t we take this approach.  Start with three days a week and build from there.  This may sound a little strange but here is the deal.  It doesn’t matter what you do for 30 days.  What matters is what you do for 30 years.  Get three days in your calendar, then four, then five.  It is easier to build up gradually so you don’t feel like you are overwhelmed.  Again, setting yourself up for success.

Until next time…

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