With the summer holidays looming, we spoke to Health, Wellbeing and Fitness expert Steve Denby about the steps to take to achieve your fitness goals:
The keys to your success are two-fold: Steady the Target and Create Momentum.
How to stop a moving target
Imagine a target shooter trying to hit a small bull’s eye on a distant target, He begins to aim, but then the target suddenly moves to the right, and before he can position himself to aim again, the target darts to the left. Will he ever his that target? Not likely!
Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like that moving target. You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet – but without clearly defined goals and methods, you can’t focus and make it happen.
Steady the target by writing down your goals:
- how much weight do you want to lose?
- what kind of changes do you want to make in your diet?
- how many days per week do you want to exercise?
- which article of clothing do you want to fit into again?
- how much weight would you like to lift whilst strength training?
Once you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there.
The next step is to start moving towards your goals. This is where momentum comes in.
Create momentum to reach your goals
‘…although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially, it then takes less energy to keep going’ (The Momentum Principle of Success – Brian Tracy).
Sometimes the hardest part of reaching a goal is just getting started. That first day of doing things differently or first experience of bypassing an unhealthy treat in favour of healthy food is daunting, but so worth it.
How do you get that momentum? Accountability! Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success. It’s hard to change lifelong habits on your own. Setting deadlines, making commitments, even entering contests all provide an external motivation that will carry you through even the toughest temptations.
Once you get started, you’ll find that the momentum principle kicks in and it becomes easier and easier to keep going.
You can make that moving target come to a screeching halt and blast the bull’s eye right out of it by taking a few minutes to write down what you want, and tell someone about it! FLI Fitness are with you all the way!
Steve Denby is a personal trainer with over 25,000 hours’ one to one coaching, knowledge and experience. He co-founded FLI Fitness which offers classes and personal training in Ashford, focusing on long term health and weight loss. FLI offer Mums in Ashford members fantastic exclusive discounts on Bootcamp classes AND personal training (group and individual).