Breaking down your Fitness Goal
In order to be truly fit, you need to master a number of things. First and foremost, you need to be mentally prepared. By being mentally prepared, I mean that you need to know what it is you want out of your efforts, and you need to be prepared to take action and commit yourself to reaching your goals. If you have not yet read Fitness Goals, do so now.
Once you are mentally prepared, you then need to figure out what you need to be doing to reach your goals. This will vary from person to person, it’s important that you find activities that you enjoy though. For example, my fitness goals are to have maximum maneuverability of my body. I want to be able to control the weight of my body, with only a few parts of my body. I wan’t to lean muscle mass, agility, and a heart rate of 50BPM or less. By knowing these things, I can now break them apart to decide what kind of things I need to be doing in order to reach my goals.
I want to have maximum maneuverability of my body and have full control of my body. In order to do this, I need to be doing exercises that involve wide ranges of motion and work many muscle groups, so I don’t have any weak-points. This is where calisthenics/bodyweight workouts come into play for me.
I want lean muscle mass. This is where diet comes into play, I need to ensure I’m consuming just enough calories to continue to build muscle, without storing excess fat. If I have any excess fat, I need to ensure I’m using that stored fat to build more muscle.
Lastly, I want agility and a heart rate of 50BPM or less. This means that in addition to bodyweight workouts, I’ll be needing to make sure my heart gets strong as well. I need to to be getting in an adequate amount of cardio and HIIT. I can jog on some days for endurance training, and do HIIT on other days for agility and explosive force.
These are the things that you need to address before you try and dedicate yourself to any fitness program/routine. If you don’t have a clear path set ahead of you, you might question why you are pushing yourself in the first place. You don’t want to be pushing yourself into things too quickly, your first week, just do 1-2 days of working out, and try and make a change to your diet. If you drink a lot of soda, switch to water or iced tea. If you eat a lot of potato chips, find another snack that you enjoy and eat that instead. I highly suggest Eat This Not That. Once you make a change to your diet, don’t go back. You need to know in your head that if you want to get fit, you aren’t going to be able to just work hard at it for a little bit, then go back to what you where doing before. What you where doing before is what got you unfit in the first place.
Let’s say that today you decide you are going to switch from soda to water, additionally, you are going to work out 2 days this week. Go ahead and workout today, and that’ll be one, then in a few days workout again and that will be two. Next week, make another small change to your diet, and add a little more exercise. Repeat this over and over, ease yourself in slowly. This is how you will succeed.