My friend Mark Young (check out his great articles at www.markyoungtrainingsystems.com) turned me on to this great TEDx presentation video about will power. If you have 15 minutes to spare, watch this. It is a perspective that I have never heard before.
As a trainer, I spend a lot of time trying to convince people how amazing training is. I like to think I’m convincing. I also like to think that the awesomeness of the workouts I put together and my great coaching skills seal the deal for people once they come to give me a try. Or that they think I’m hilarious and can’t wait to come for another session to spend more time with me. But in reality, there is a bit more to it. Here’s something I’ve come to learn: For many people, working out is not actually fun. And for these people, there are actually things they’d rather do than workout. Shocking, right?
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Everyone needs goals. We can get by without them for a while, but if we want to really succeed, we need goals. This is as true with our workouts as it is with our careers and our lives.
This became suddenly obvious to me about a week ago. Over the last six months or so I’ve worked out less than I have in about 15 years. Part of the problem is that I’ve been working too much lately. But I’ve been through bouts of working too much before without compromising workouts because being strong and fit has always been a priority for me. Suddenly last week I figured out why working out dropped so far down the to-do list: I have no workout goals. I mean I still want to be fit and strong. But that doesn’t seem to be enough to get me to the gym often enough; or get me to stay away from those delicious Cheetos.
In the past I’ve always had specific goals that were tied to things that really mattered to me. They have been varied, but all have been very important to me: Continue reading Do you have fitness goals?