As we age many of us find our goals changing. Some people no longer want to go to the gym to work out, it takes too much time, it’s too expensive and the workout itself is just not fun anymore! Somehow we still know exercise is important but life gets in the way.
I have always been physical and enjoyed many types of exercise throughout my life, long distance running, swimming, weightlifting, racketball etc. But I now find I don’t want to invest as much time in the process of exercising, it is no longer as enjoyable. I still want the benefits, but I want it quicker.
I want a full range of motion of all my limbs. I don’t want bad knees, hips or shoulders. I want to feel good, I want to look ok, I want to be pain free and I don’t want to be overweight. I want my aging curve to stay as high as possible as long as possible!
I know that the human body is made to move. If I don’t move mine, it is going to deteriorate quickly, and now that I am in my 7th decade, the deterioration is even quicker. Recovery is possible, but much harder as I/we get older.
Think about your goals, write them down with specific steps you will take to achieve them. You must have a method to measure your progress toward the end result. Maybe you want to add a bit of muscle, get stronger, lose weight, improve your range of shoulder motion, improve your flexibility etc. You can measure progress in many ways, by time, # of days or months, by % increase in strength, by lbs gained/lost.
An example might be…I want to increase my upper body strength by 20% with-in 3 months. To do this I will follow Ron’s 4 Step Training plan.
I will use three things to track my progress,
a) the maximum number of push ups I can do today.
b) the maximum number of squat presses I can do today.
c) the maximum distance I can do a bearcrawl today.
My workout plan must be designed to increase my measurements in these three exercises by 20% with-in 3 months to be successful.
Another example…I want to lose 15 lbs in the next 6 months. To do this I will follow Ron’s 4 Step Training plan as in the example below.
If you have trouble setting some goals, send me a note and we can talk it through.
If you have specific goals and want me to review them for you, send me an email.
The sheets below are goal setting tools. It helps if you write your goals down and specify a step by step approach.
Click on each image below to enlarge and automatically download a copy. The one on the left is a blank for you to use.
Save it so you can use it over and over.
The one on the right is one of mine as an example.
They are also available for download on the Fitness Tools Page.