We’re only two months away from the New Year. It’s a busy time of year…. back to school, changing seasons and now, looming upon us, the Holidays. Responsibilities, commitments and family pull us in different directions and before you know it everyone is gearing up for a new year and new resolutions. Making time for your physical fitness is an important part of you feeling, being and acting your best all the time. Identifying your fitness goals right now for the next two months (as you would with any goals at work or calendar planning for the month) is a helpful way to ensure you stay on track with an exercise routine AND get what you want and need out of it.
Here are five questions to consider:
Do you have any fitness goals/What are they?
Are you working out for strength, flexibility, or just for maintenance? Pinpoint what you would like to achieve then pick activities that will be most efficient in reaching your goal. If you actually have a goal, you might make more progress than just going to the gym every week to workout. Keep in mind, if you want to get stronger, going to spin class probably won’t do it. You will need to incorporate more resistance (bodyweight or lifting weights) into your workouts. If you have no idea what a goal might be, consider getting an assessment from a personal trainer and talking through what your goals may be based on your assessment results. It could be as simple as getting to the gym two times a week during the busy holiday season or improving your mobility.
If you are still baffled, visit ACE Fitness for a quick guide on how to set SMART goals.
What physical activities make you feel good?
If you don’t enjoy your workouts you are less likely to do them. So think about what physical activities make you happy and allocate time to them every week. In addition to your dedicated gym time, these are the things that help keep you active all the time – riding bikes with your kids, going ice skating with friends, signing up for a 5k or training for your ski house – there are many options this time of year.
Why do you choose the workouts/classes/activities you do?
- Is it proximity to where you live? To me this is an important one – if I have to drive 30 minutes to a gym, guess what? I’m probably not going.
- Cost? Figure out the best option based on all the other facts. Don’t forget if you live by the beach, it may be nice to take a month off and just run and do beach workouts. Sometimes trying a new activity for a month can get you out of your current rut and give you a jump start towards your goals. Look for Groupon opportunities or MeetUps near you or check out ACSM fitness trends for 2017.
- The people? Are you more likely to do the workout because a certain trainer teaches a class or because your friends all go too?
- The way they make you feel? Strong? Flexible? Energized? Figure out if you need a good sweat session or a mind calming yoga class to be your best. These are all important factors to consider when selecting
How much time are you willing to commit?
To see most results you will need to commit two to three days a week. There are many ways to get your workouts in so don’t be afraid to try something new. Besides taking a popular class, commit to taking the stairs at work everyday – those five minutes add up over the entire week. All your workouts don’t need to be one hour long. Keep that in mind as you think about your time management. Also being active most of the time also includes the physical activities you do with your friends and family like taking walks, going on hikes or riding bikes. So if you decide to be active your committing more time to reaching your goals than you think!
Who is your ‘squad’?
Some people love exercising alone and others need a little friendly motivation or competition. Factor in who will be part of your active commitment and spend time with the people that do things that make you feel good. As I mentioned earlier workout time can also be fantastic bonding time for your friends and family.
Once you’ve answered these questions ask a Personal Trainer to help you identify the classes or activities that will best fit your needs and get the results you want. Identifying goals and making a plan for your physical fitness before the holidays are in full swing will have you feeling strong, energized, focused, and more confident in your everyday movement now and through next year.