Being a total planner, knowing that I need a fitness plan does not really faze me. But if you’re a ‘One Day at a Time’ type of individual, this may be difficult for you. The most realistic advice I can give to you in this case is that you need to remind yourself why you need a plan, and focus on one goal at a time.
To be more specific, you need both long-term and short-term fitness plans. Long-term refers to your fitness goals, while short-term refers to your daily nutrition and exercise plans.
LONG TERM PLAN
Everybody has something different, they want to get out of their exercise and nutrition regimen. It is always recommended to determine what your fitness goals are before you start a program. Of course, as time goes by, your goals might change depending on your schedule, your lifestyle, etc. But it is recommended to set some goals before you start. The reason for this is that when you have an objective, your everyday stumbling blocks are easier to manage. If you just jump into it without an objective, your goals will change depending on how you’re feeling on a particular day.
To set your long-term goals, it is IMPORTANT to look at the resources available to you. Do you have access to a gym? Can you cook? Is a burger joint the only restaurant around you? What can you afford? How much time do you have to dedicate to your health efforts?
While settings goals is a pretty significant initiative, it is also important to remember not to set the timelines for these goals in stone. Although your reaction to timelines may be determined by your personality, it is still important to consider that discipline is usually a result of our experiences. If you meet your target before your timeline, you could slack off, or if you are not physically able to meet these targets, you can get frustrated and quit altogether.
SHORT TERM PLAN
Plan. Plan. Plan. Whip out that Blackberry (sorry iPhoners). When you wake up in the morning, plan your meals for the day. Plan what time you’ll head out to the gym. Most importantly, plan what you’ll be doing in the gym that day. When you have a plan, you usually tend to make better decisions. If you’ve decided to splurge at dinner, you know you’d probably have a lighter lunch. If you’re doing heavy exercise on a given day, you know you’ll need more carbs. Our short term plans help us meet our long term goals.
Planning your meals is very important. If you usually eat out or eat with others, it is always helpful to know exactly what you have chosen to eat before you step into that restaurant. Or you may determine that it is better to cook your meals because your friends and environment have a huge influence on your diet.
In terms of exercise, when you have decided what you’re doing on a certain day, it is more difficult to slack off simply because you feel tired or are not in the mood. Additionally, if you have an exercise partner, it is definitely best to coordinate a schedule with your partner to optimize the amount of time you spend exercising.
Are you a planner or is your life all about one step at a time?
Fitness Planning definitely works for me.
Try it out and share with us if it works or does not work for you.