Whether you’re taking on a fitness challenge like the Yorkshire 3 Peaks or looking to tighten and tone your body in time for that beach holiday I’ve got the 6 step process for you to make it happen.
Maybe the biggest thing we see holding people back is not having a clear picture of what they want their future to look like. As a result it’s hard to spot exactly what needs doing.
Forget dwelling on the past. Use the future to inspire you.
Describe a level of health and fitness you’d be 100% happy with. Use your imagination to inform the outcome you want. Then we can get to work building the plan to get you there.
When it comes to improving your health and fitness it’s hard to tell if you’re on the right path.
So in the beginning you need to have some level of faith that what you’re doing is working.
Faith is what you need to get started. Faith that what you’ve imagined is possible. But faith that it’s possible for YOU.
Reading testimonials and looking at success stories of people who’ve achieved the thing you want to achieve is the single biggest way to build faith that what you’re setting out to do can be done.
Because if they can do it… so can you!
We’ve got to know exactly what you’re building. If you came across a guy laying bricks and you asked “what are you building” and he replied “I don’t know” see they’d likely take him away to a special place.
I’m no architect, but I’m guessing that before the first brick is laid in any project there’s a clear plan for what’s being built. There’s a specific goal.
Your health and fitness (and your life) are more important than any building. Don’t leave what you’re creating to chance.
Set specifics on what you want to ‘build’. A performance machine capable of completing 14000 mile cycle ride? A size ten bikini ready body? Choose what the end product looks like.
We need two types of goal:
What you want to achieve is pretty straightforward: Complete the Yorkshire 3 peaks Challenge by July 2016.
The second type of goal relates to the work you’re going to do: Complete a minimum of 30 minutes walking each day plus a 4 hour walk at the weekends.
This is the least sexy part of the equation. See, ideas and imagining up a new reality can be inspiring. But at some point we’ve got to put nose to the grindstone.
Whether that’s planning meals, getting out on the bike, lifting the weights or drinking the water.
Working towards your goals is a daily pursuit. Not that it needs a huge amount of energy each day. Just enough to keep things moving forwards.
Like maintaining a garden. If you do a little weeding each day you keep on top of it. Then you’re not faced by a huge overwhelming project.
So keep on top of the weeds. Do a little each day and avoid resting for too long.
(If you do have a huge fitness project to take on then might be worth getting the experts in. Get in touch today to see if we can help you get back on top of things)
Once you’ve set goals and started doing the work it’s important to check in from time to time to make sure we’re on the right track.
Nothing worse than spending an hour struggling up a hillside to find out when you check the map that you’ve climbed the wrong hill!
So, check in on the regular. Measure how it’s going and if your activities are leading to the results you’re looking for.
Depending on goals here’s a few things we measure with clients at DF:
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Measuring progress can be uncomfortable if you’ve got the wrong frame. Because it means facing the truth. But rather than seeing it as a measure of how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ you’ve done, see it as a review of what’s working and what isn’t working.
If you’re not making reasonable progress in reasonable time it’s time to look at step 6
“Anytime the effect you want is missing, so is the cause”
Once you’ve reviewed the results (outcomes like energy levels, bodyweight, circumference measurements etc). You might realise that to get better results some of the activities need adjusting.
If your energy levels are always low maybe we need to get to bed half an hour earlier, or increase the number of cups of water you drink each day.
If you’re not seeing improvements in your fitness maybe we need to increase the number of gym sessions you do or improve the effectiveness of your workouts.
You’re always getting some kind of result. If the result you’re getting isn’t what you want then reviewing what you’ve been doing and making a plan to adjust is the only way to better results next time.
There you have the 6 step process for achieving ANY health and fitness goal:
Take a look at the steps above and see if you’re missing anything.
If you’re just starting out maybe imagining what you want to achieve is the place to start. Or if you’ve been dreaming and have goals maybe it’s time to put the wheels in motion and start doing the work.
And if you’ve been busy, busy, busy spinning your wheels and measuring progress but haven’t been adjusting let’s go there.
Work the process and I know you’ll see better results from your efforts to improve ANY area of your health and fitness.
The DF programme is designed to walk you through the steps to help you clearly set and achieve your health and fitness goals.
Take the first step to taking back control of your health and fitness – Hit the button below and request more info about our programmes today and I’ll look forward to chatting with you soon!