Over the next few weeks, we will start moving into some warmer weather, and for some, it is a reminder to get back to exercise and shed some of the excess winter kilos. Before you get too excited about lacing your shoes and heading out the door, it is important to consider what you are about to launch in to.
Regardless of your chosen exercise regime, it is important to have a goal. You need to think about your motivation for exercise and create a goal-based around this motivation. The key factors in any goal are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Once the goal is set, you can then go about creating a plan to achieve your goal. To give you a guide below is a simple goal and plan based around running. This guide could be quite easily adapted to any chosen exercise goal.
So let’s say your goal is to complete your local 5km Parkrun without stopping by the end of the year. This goal is specific (complete the Parkrun without stopping), Measurable (you either complete the run or not), timely (by the end of the year). In terms of being achievable and realistic, this would be determined by your situation, for example, health and fitness as well as your ability to be able to train.
When we are looking at your training program, it is important to avoid the pitfall of doing too much too soon. Schedule in regular rest days and avoid increasing your training every week continually. Rest days do not have to mean complete rest, just a rest from chosen activity (running in this case), so maybe an easy swim or bike ride on those days if you feel the need to do something.
To help you stay on track with your plan, a great idea is to have a training buddy or join a club. This is a great way to stay motivated and can also make your exercise lots of fun.Leave a reply →