Hack Your Way to Your Fitness Goals
“…glorify God in your body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:20
So you’ve resolved to get back in shape this year. And this time you’re really committed. Fantastic! Even better, you’ve chosen an event or adventure to motivate you, marked the date on your calendar and maybe even paid an entry fee. You may even have mapped-out a simple, realistic plan of attack with monthly, weekly and daily tasks to help you reach your goal.
Now all that’s left is to follow through. Of course, this is where things get complicated. According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, just 8% of Americans are able to keep their New Year’s resolutions. We all know how difficult it can be to stick to our fitness plans when work, family and a dozen other commitments vie for our time and attention every day. But there is hope!
Coach Vince Lombardi famously said, “Plan the work and work the plan.” But just how, exactly, do we work the plan? Here are four proven tools that will help do just that:
- Keep a workout journal: Simple is best. Write down when, where, what and for how long. That will be enough to get started. It’s amazing how motivating it is to see those workouts accumulate. A journal also helps prevent under- and over-training.
- Reward yourself: Set intermediate goals/objectives, and reward yourself for sticking with it. Buy yourself those new workout shorts at your four-week milestone. You deserve it!
- Find a partner: The experience and enthusiasm of like-minded folks adds fuel to your fire! Group classes or local clubs are great resources. Look for announcements in the newsletter and on the Facebook group.
- Make it public: Tell others about it. A little social pressure goes a long way. You might even inspire someone else to join you on the journey.
Remember that working the plan is all about being in the moment while keeping your eye on the prize. And the purpose of a goal is not what we accomplish, but who we become. All we have is the present moment and every workout is a gift, but the present becomes richer and more rewarding with the knowledge that it is part of something larger.
So try using these tools this year. Work that plan and accomplish that goal. God in His infinite abundance and joy has gifted us with righteous desires. When you find that thing that makes your heart sing, trust it and act. When you do, God will bless your life and you will bless the lives of others in ways impossible to imagine today.
—Yours in Health, Daniel Henry