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Do You Really Know Your Fitness Goal?

finishline“See the Finish Line”

 

Often times people set goals and don’t see them through. There is an ugly rumor going around that even I have done this. Regardless of the past, I’ve learned some ways to combat the “Commit to lose weight and then just forget about it” routine. One way is to set definitive goals and have a plan with a fitness routine.

 

Imagine this scenario:  There’s a 1500 meter race about to happen. The contestants of the race line up on what seems like the starting line and they notice that there are no lines to mark where each runner is to start in his own lane. In fact, there isn’t even any clear marking to know where the edge of the track is at – it’s just a big open field. There isn’t any way to know where to go and where they will finish – no finish line. Now an organizer of the race steps up and says, “When I shoot this gun, just run 1500 meters in which ever way you choose. When you are done, after you have run 1500 meters, the race is over, and we will declare a winner.”

 

A vague sense of a starting point.

No sense of direction.

No way to keep track of progress.

No finish line in site.

 

Wouldn’t this work out better if each runner knew exactly where he was going with a clearly marked path? How about a way to know where the beginning, middle, and end of the race is at? And what about a nice, clearly marked finish line? That sounds a lot better, right?

 

Unfortunately the first scenario is the mentality at which most people’s goals are set.

 

I am going to lose weight.

I need to get in shape.

 

Some are slightly better.

 

I want to lose 20 pounds.

I want be able to do 25 push ups again.

 

What about setting a better goal?

 

I am going to lose 20 pounds before Christmas to look good before I go on vacation. I am going start working out 3 days per week this week. In October I will bump it up to 5 days per week with circuit strength training 3 times per week, and some cardio 2 days per week. By Thanksgiving I need to be down between 10 and 15 pounds and not splurge to hinder my diet efforts. When I head to Hawaii for Christmas I will look great being 20 pounds lighter!

 

Well that sounds like a more determined goal. One that is specific, measurable, and valuable. One that provides motivation and has a clear starting point, course to follow, and a finish line, so-to-speak.

 

Give it try – even if you are not going to Hawaii this Christmas. Create a vivid picture of what you want to accomplish with exercise and how you will go about it. Reach your goals and have fun doing it!

 

Here’s another tip: write it out. Don’t imagine your finish line and your track; make it something you can see. Schedule workout time on a calendar. Write down your goal and remind yourself of it all the time. Track your progress as you are going. Keep your mind and body moving toward your fitness goal at all times.

 
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Motivational Poetry: It’s Too Easy

Well, shucks. The response to these little poems/posts has been great, so I am going to keep bringing them each week. Who knows, maybe a couple of years down the road I’ll put them poetryall into a book? We’ll see. For now, here’s another one:

It’s Too Easy

 

Easy to

Easy not to

Easy to do

Easy not to do

Easy to laugh, smile, rejoice

Easy to cry Read more…

 
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Did You Know this about Your Core?

Woman Doing Sit-ups --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisCore: It’s not Just for Building Six Pack Abs

 

Often times people think of core muscles and core exercises as the muscles that make up the torso and the exercises that work this area respectively. While this is true, the core is better defined as the muscles in and around the hips and spine and the muscles that connect the hips and spine to the extremities. Working the core does not simply mean doing abdominal, oblique, and lower back exercises. To get a strong core we need to work all of the muscles that make up the core. This is important because a strong core is not only sexy, it also serves as the foundation of all human movement. A strong core means better performance, better balance, better posture, and yeah – if you eat right too – better abs.

 

To understand how complex the core is, let’s take a look at the 3 major components of the core: Read more…

 
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Hey Glen: The Scale is Stuck, Help!

Hey Glen: The Scale is Stuck, Help!

 

I had someone write in the other day asking about how to break a plateau when it comes to weight loss. I started exercising and lost 40 pounds, but I have 40 to go and I haven’t seen any progress lately. I am eating healthier, I am doing these exercise videos that were working, but I have been stuck for some time now. Help!

 

Sounds like you are on your way to getting there by making better habits and choices.

It also sounds like you hit a plateau, which occurs often, but can be fixed.
With fitness training Read more…

 
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Kick Off Football Season without Putting on Pounds

FootballIncorporate some healthy practices so your fitness efforts don’t get erased each weekend.

 

We are in full football swing with college football going for a couple of weeks now and the pros just getting started last week. With the pigskin flying and helmets crashing comes parties, BBQs, and informal get-togethers for many of us. How can you make it through the season without putting on pounds? Here are a few tips on making some better choices while watching your favorite teams go at it.

 

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Motivational Poetry: You Will Fail

poetryStay motivated by reading a poem about failing? Well, we can look at failure two ways: (1) a bad thing that happens; horrible; depressing (2) a simple truth and a mere stepping stone to success; just a part of the process of life and a necessary part of achievement. Failure is not the means to an end.

“You Will Fail”

Failure lurks on your biggest dreams

Like a shadow always presents itself in light

Failure is Read more…

 
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Are You Wasting Your Money on Supplements? Part 2

FDAWhich supplements warrant caution?

 

In the last article I wrote about supplements and pointed out some that may be effective tools for people in addition to a healthy and active lifestyle. But due to the lack of regulation on supplements – which may or may not be a good thing – there are some that you might want to avoid.

 

Beware of these: Read more…

 
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Are You Wasting Your Money on Supplements?

PillsWhich supplements should you take?

 

There is no substitution for a healthy diet. Want to lose weight? Eat better. Want to gain muscle? Eat better. Once you have that down, you might want to add some supplements to your diet, but there are so many out there making claims and promises. Proponents will tell you that supplements are a must-have and are better for you than most prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Opponents will tell you that most are gimmicks and that supplements are the most un-regulated, un-safe substances we can put in our bodies. A rational stance would be that there are plenty of practical and safe supplements, but there are also some that are untested and potentially harmful. Below is a list of a few supplements that have stood the test of time and are generally accepted as safe and effective. Read more…

 
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Motivational Poetry: Be Confident

Published on September 6, 2013 by in Just for fun

Glen Gosch, Certified Personal Poet? What does a blogger do when he gets writers block? Busts out a motivational poem, that’s what!

Be confidentpoetry

Be confident

Be weird

Be great

Be you

Be the one Read more…

 
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Good news! There is no Secret to Losing Weight!

Fitness Solutions: We have always had the answesecretr

 

The six-pack secrets. The weird new trick. The miracle food. The supplement sent from heaven. How in the world did Jack LaLanne, Arnold Swarzenegger, Joe Weider, Suzanne Somers, and Tony Little get in phenomenal shape and help show others how to do the same in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s respectively if all the “secrets” are just being revealed today? Hmmm…

 

Yes, there are some new training tools, new fitness equipment, new training strategies, new ways of looking at dieting, new supplements, and all of these things are cool. Okay, not all Read more…

 
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