“In life, as in football, you will not go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold h. Glasgow
The most powerful goals are those which will excite you and energize you. How about your health and fitness goals? Are they powerful enough to excite you and energize you so that you will take action and control of your health and fitness?
Why wait until you are 40 years old to start worrying about your health? What is wrong with right now? Why wait until there is actually something wrong with you physically to start to worry?
Physical fitness and health have been a major focus in my life for over four decades. First, as a competitive athlete, then as a football and strength coach. Training and fitness are very much a central part of my life today. I really love to workout, but more than that, as an active coach, I really love to help people achieve a better level of fitness and thus a better quality of life.
Interested? Where do you start? When you first begin your research in the fitness arena, you may become confused by the maelstrom of conflicting viewpoints expressed by the so-called experts. Who is qualified and who is not? I suggest you find those that consistently produce quality results, then do not be afraid to ask questions, lots of questions. You may want a second opinion if the first guru you talk to looks like the circumference of his neck, upper arm, and wrist all measure the same.
To get the most bang for your buck, and avoid negative training experiences. I would suggest establishing not only life goals but your training goals. While every person must absolutely decide their own life goals, eventually you will need to write them down and plan them out. Maybe you can use some of these and work your own plan.
1. Physical Body Goals: I will always suggest to my clients, regardless of age, to train like an athlete. You have heard me say it before, work on the four components of athleticism, strength, power, speed, and agility. I am sorry, and I know this will make some experts mad but … Training is a whole lot more than 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Get out and move, be athletic! You will not be wrong. Please understand this! Get checked out by a Doctor before you jump up off that chair. DO IT, DO IT NOW!
2. Spiritual Goals: I have always loved the lines (from Teilhard de Chardin), We are not human beings having a spiritual existence. We are spiritual animals having a human experience. Think about it if you must. Hold yourself to a higher standard by increasing the quality of your life.
3. Emotional Goals: Look good, feel good. You have to start sometime and somewhere. Get off the internet (finish my article first) and get to work.
4. Family Goals: Maybe start with a family body-weight exercise circuit; push-ups, pull-ups, free bodyweight squats, abdominal exercises, some flexibility, get up and move, start slowly, very slowly. If you get tired STOP NOW. Rome was not built in a day. A wise old doctor once told me “everything in moderation”. Who controls that? You do. The most powerful thing you can do for yourself makes a decision and take action.
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