What are your fitness goals?
Fitness is a very broad word and can mean a variety of things. The first thing you need to workout in setting your goals is what you mean by fitness. This can refer to muscle development, weight loss, injury recovery, sports training, or general wellbeing.
Depending what you’re wanting to achieve, your goals and the type of machine that’s best to hire will differ. For some it may be a very simple task to now your goals, you’ve already established them and are ready to get started which is great. For others it can help to ask yourself questions with how satisfied you are with your; health, weight, strength, image, and ability to go about daily tasks. What your goal is will influence if you hire a treadmill, exercise bike, rower, recumbent, or elliptical cross trainer.
Some examples of goals could be;
- How long you spend walking or running on the treadmill before you become sore or fatigued.
- How much weight you are losing.
- Fitting into an outfit.
- How exhausted you are at the end of a day.
- Increasing muscle to be able to do a certain task.
- Increasing cardio fitness to be able to complete an event.
Another suggestion is to get in touch with a personal trainer who can assist you in achieving your goals. Budget Fitness has connections with some great personal trainers in Geelong and would be happy to put you in touch with them. This is a really good option because they can assess you personally and tailor a plan specifically for you.
Setting realistic fitness goals
This is such an important consideration. How often do we start a new year promising something, often fitness related, only to let ourselves down because we dreamed too big only to then realise how hard it is to motivate ourselves to achieve difficult things. Being ambitious is good, but we need to be realistic to avoid burning out, failing, or injury.
The key is to break our ambitious long term goal into smaller goals that build on one another to get us to where we want to be. This is essential both mentally and physically to help us not be overwhelmed by such a long road ahead.
A few considerations in going about this are:
- How far away is your long term goal? Perhaps 6 months, if so, break up into quarterly goals, and also even shorter term monthly goals.
- What is required week by week in achieving your goal? If it would require you to be exercising for more time than you have available then it’s probably not going to happen.
- Slow and steady is a winner. If you can realistically stick to your fitness schedule and be consistent then that is far more valuable than going intense on the treadmill for two weeks and then losing interest and motivation because ‘getting fit was too much work’.