Achieving Goals of Fitness and Health
Stew Smith, CSCS
Nearly on a daily basis, people young and old confide in me with their fitness goals. Too many of these goals are extremely broad and lack focus and many are too narrow in scope and require more elements to succeed.
For example, broad goals are “getting healthy again” or “losing weight”. These can require some to stop over-eating, smoking, drinking soda or other sugary products, as well as start exercising. Anytime someone tries to do all of the above in the same week, they are statistically destined to not be successful.
The opposite problem occurs when someone “wants to do pull-ups”. Depending on their current fitness level, this could require that person to start using weights to strengthen grip, biceps, and back muscles as well as lose weight. Too many people cannot do pull-ups mainly because they carry an extra 20-25 lbs on their frame. And, the common denominator between men and women who can perform pull-ups is “they practice pull-ups 2-3 times a week as part of their weekly workout routine.” See pull-up articles in the StewSmith.com Fitness Article page for more ideas.
There is a standard method of achieving your fitness and health goals. Quite simply, it requires baby steps if you are a beginner and a foundation of several elements if you are current active and seeking more advanced goals. These elements are the following:
= EXERCISE. If you add exercise to your world, this will be a shock to the system until you build a habit and create that foundation of fitness earlier discussed. This can be as simple as walking or biking for 10-15:00 everyday or an hour long workout in the gym with a combination of weights and cardio equipment. To do more pull-ups, pushups, or run faster, you have to be already very active, otherwise you need to create the foundation on which to build these follow-on goals. This is why military members who do not exercise but only 1-2 weeks prior to their bi-annual fitness test continually score worse than the year before. To beat last years scores, you need to make your fitness part of your schedule.
– Eating to lose weight or eating a healthy diet with balanced nutrition is a lifestyle that should be adopted over time. When you add exercise to your schedule 4-5 times a week, it is important to increase your water consumption to 2-4 quarts a day. Just add exercise and more water to your world the first month of your exercise schedule. If you see weight loss within the first week or two, you may not need to alter your food intake that much. Your body will also start to drive you toward eating more fruits, vegetables, and protein sources if you have a steady exercise program too. But for more ideas on what to eat see the following links: