1/1/12 – Sunday – Rest/S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
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Luckily January 1 of 2012 falls on a Sunday this year, which happens to be a rest day this week. Let’s be honest though, not everyone will be in an ideal condition to exercise today anyways!
With a new year upon us, we just want to reiterate and explain a few concepts that are important to any and all fitness program.
For those of you familiar with MidwestFit, we’ll be kicking off tomorrow with some Total Body Fitness workouts, so rest up for that. For those new to MidwestFit who may be researching new exercise programs for the new year, or individuals who are looking to just switch up their usual workout routine, read about us here at About MidwestFit or check out a preview of our workouts and what they are designed to accomplish The MidwestFit Experiment.
First thing’s first…Goal Setting. Most health and fitness professionals utilize a system for goal setting called S.M.A.R.T. Goals, makes sense.
S – Specific - Be specific and write down exactly what you want
M – Measurable – Your goals should include numbers, dates, times, pounds, inches
A – Attainable – Be realisitc and make your goals attainable (hard work and proper diet WILL PAY OFF, ask one of our admins K - Success Story)
R – Realistic – Make your goals realisitc. You don’t want to set yourself up to fail. If beginning a new program, begin SLOW!
T - Time Specific – Set a time frame to acheive your goals by, and set mini dates to use as stepping stones to reach your ultimate goal
Sign up for a challenge! These could include individual or team challenges like a 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, tough mudder, Ragnar Relay, or the Biggest and Best of them all the GORUCK Challenge
Signing up for a race or team event is sometimes the best and only motivation necessary to kick start an exercise program. Perfect example is one of our admins, Ben, was great with total body strength and endurance training; however, he was flat out terrible at endurance cardio/long distance running. In early 2010 him and K decided to sign up for a Ragnar Relay style team race from Madison, WI down to Chicago, IL. Since it was a team based running event, Ben’s main motivation was to not be the one to slow down or let the team down to slow the race pace. So he started on a running program developed by our running consultant, Myles, started very slow focusing simply on finishing the distances on the runs he had planned weekly. Well it paid off, he completed the race without having to stop once to walk and ran a total of 16 miles in 3 different legs. Since that decision to sign up for that first race in June of 2010 (thanks to some much needed motivation by K), he has ran a total of two 200 mile relay races, a bunch of 5k’s, a half marathon, and his proudest fitness accomplishment of the GORUCK Challenge. All the while keeping up with strength and endurance weight training while properly mixing in cardio to complete all of these events by developing and following the workouts we post here at MidwestFit. Amazing what simply signing up for one race can lead to!
Alrighty, there’s our little initial 2012 motivation post. Flip the mental switch to make 2012 a different and better year. Follow a healthy diet and our solid and tested program here at MidwestFit so you may reach your health, wellness, and fitness goals. Rest up and get ready for tomorrow!
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- MidwestFit Team
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