Achieving your Fitness Goal
Summer is a great time for people to train for a fitness event or fitness challenge. If you’ve always wanted to do something like run a marathon or train for a triathlon, what’s stopping you? If you have a fitness goal in mind, I encourage you to make sure it is appropriate for you. You want your fitness goal to be challenging, but not so challenging that you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Make your fitness challenge something you have to work towards. For example, if you’re a runner and you decide to do a 5K, chances are you can run it tomorrow without having to prepare. Try a 10K if you’ve never run one or consider a road bike event for something new. Challenging yourself, both mentally and physically, to achieve your goal will make completing your challenge that much more rewarding.
Here are five tips on how to set and achieve your goal:
- Select your event or fitness challenge. Once you decide on your challenge, make sure you do research, make a timeline and create a specific training plan. You want to ensure that you are leaving yourself enough time to train for your event. For example, if you decide to run a half marathon, this specific training plan suggests allowing 14 weeks of training time. You can find many additional resources online.
- Write out a daily training schedule. Make sure you can set aside enough time each day to get your training done. If you’re a mom like me, sometimes this means waking up at 4:30 or 5 in the morning to train before your kids are awake. But having a specific plan to follow will help you to ensure your leaving yourself enough time.
- Train with a buddy. A training buddy can help you stay motivated and hold you more accountable to your training. If you train with a buddy you can work on specific goals together. Having someone to train with sometimes pushes you to train harder. Participating in the same event with a friend can also make the event more fun. Kelly’s last blog for Elevate Fit Club is a perfect example of how she and a friend worked together on achieving their fitness goals and the success they had working together.
- Make sure you have the right equipment. Depending on what kind of event you’re training for, having the right equipment is essential. For example, if you decide to compete in a triathlon, sometimes wearing a wet suit can give you an extra advantage. If you are new to open water swimming, wearing a wetsuit can offer more buoyancy and increase your speed and agility in the water. What ever your event might be, research the appropriate equipment that will help you achieve success. Make sure you read the rules that are specific to your event. For example, some triathlons do not allow wetsuits. Buy and practice training in your equipment before the event. If you buy new running shoes, you want to make sure they are comfortable and warn in before you use them to run in your event. This way you have time make adjustments if your equipment is not right.
- Avoid training burnout. Research supports the idea that having fun while working out helps avoid becoming overwhelmed and keeps you motivated longer.
Try to make your training fun and enjoyable. Pick places to train outdoors that you enjoy. Mix up your training so that it is not repetitive. This could mean training in different scenery and on different routes. If you’re training for a triathlon and you are getting tired of biking, swimming and running, take a day out of your training schedule and hike instead. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest and eating right to physically support your training. If your body is sore and you are not well rested, you increase the risk of an injury. Make sure you listen to what your body is telling you and take breaks when your body is demanding one.
Whatever your fitness challenge might be, pick something that calls to you. Using these 5 stages throughout your training can help you to achieve your end goal. Use tools that are available to help you stay on track and enjoy your training. This will help your training run smoothly and help you avoid any unexpected surprises. Being prepared is the best tool you can have to ensure success. Good luck and have fun!