Ah 2017….another year rolls by, or rather, if you believe the hype and posts on facebook – another year has massacred a whole host of famous people. No more of that ok?
Let’s talk all y’all fitness resolutions that probably are looking a mite shaky already…or maybe haven’t started yet? *Wink. In my opinion, simply having a resolution, means absolutely nothing. The word “resolution” has lost meaning, so instead let us converse on what you want to achieve meaningfully in a fitness perspective this year.
Step 1: To be motivated – thou must actually have a goal
So what’s it going to be this year? I’ve heard some fantastic ones so far.
“I’m going to do my first Noosa Triathlon”
“Im doing the Gold Coast Half Marathon”
You know why these are great goals? They’re SMART goals. Specific-Measurable-Agreed-Realistic-Timebased. You know what you are training for. You can measure your running training by distance and speed increase over time. You have agreed this with someone else. They’re realistic – taking on an IRONMAN out of the blue would smack of insincerity (#bullsh*t)…..and they’re time-based….these are set events that occur on a date, you gotta get your training in gear Friends!
Step 2: To be motivated – MOTIVATE SOMEONE ELSE
Now going solo is admirable and quite doable, but let’s be honest, how
much easier is training with a buddy. People will look each other in the eye and say “let’s be each others motivation!!”….and then agree to hit coffee club. Nope – you need to be championing other people’s motivations and aspirations, not just one person, but subtley support everyone you can. Why you say? Because it fosters an innate positivity that not only reflects on you in other people’s determined eyes, but then makes you accountable to make sure you’re reaching for your own raised podium. Please – i’m not talking about swinging flags and chanting “GO GARY GO”, you guys know exactly what I mean.
Step 3: For God’s sake give yourself a pat on the back hey!
I mean this metaphorically – and LITERALLY. When you do a training session, anything, let yourself know that you did well. Take 10 seconds to actually think about what you have done and think “awesome, so how can I adapt that next time to make it bette
r?” It’s so easy to beat up on yourself – WHYYYY? What are you helping? No, you make a mistake, or you dont’t train, then learn….and be better next time.
HANG ON – you said “literally?” Grin. I did, didn’t I?
So, occasionally the message needs to be reinforced. I will literally pat my own back after a BIG session – no wait, listen – the emotional drive home that this creates, as well as the fact it takes about 3 seconds to do, and you are focused on the action – means you HAVE to think about what you’ve done. And then slyly smile at the silliness of it all. Seriously – i cannot recommend this enough.
And HEY!!! Be prepared for your workouts yes? Get all your gear set before you NEED to be leaving.
That’s enough for now. Ask your gym/training buddies what they want this year. Have they even thought about it? This is the year where we do it together, as a team….we got this!
Assume It’s Possible.
Cheers Team – Pete.