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Goal Setting: Who Needs Them?

by Kim Wathen, M.S. Exercise Phys/Dietitian

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It’s been a while since I wrote about incorporating small and consistent changes to improve your fitness level and diet. How’s that working for you? Hopefully well since there are 2 months or less left before first motos are on the starting gate. If not, it’s not too late to start. It takes 6-8 weeks to make physiological changes to your body. That’s about how long you have left before first motos so get up!!

Truth is, most of us don’t, and we let day after day slip by just maintaining rather than having forward motion and improving ourselves

If you are one of those who did start making changes and have made progress, congratulations!!!!! If you are one of those who didn’t, there is another tool you can use to help; goals. Best case scenario is that we all have goals, short and long term, specific and measurable and in writing. Truth is, most of us don’t, and we let day after day slip by just maintaining rather than having forward motion and improving ourselves.

You can rest assured that RV has set some lofty goals for 2011.

photo: Cudby

Watching gym attendance for so many years has shown me that the majority of new years resolutions to get fit have been put to the side by mid February. Unfortunately rather than being out of our mind completely, they turn into guilt which we carry with us until next year rolls around. How can this year be different? Combine the advice given in my “Winter Motivation” article with goals. Incorporate small and consistent changes with clear goals.

Set your goals by starting at 5 years and working backward. Write down where you would like to be five years from now, then for each year from the 4th down to the 1st, write a smaller piece of the 5 year goal. Then start at 1 year and work backward for each month and then each week and perhaps each day. Goals need to be specific and measurable, which means you will say, “I will do 15 crunches today” rather than “I’ll do crunches before Friday”. Write the goals down and schedule time daily to do what you said you would do. If possible, find someone to check in with on a daily or weekly basis who will hold you accountable for meeting those goals. This method can be applied to any area in your life, and what a great gift to give your children! Teaching them how to set goals and letting them see you follow through with your own.

The bottom line is, we all need something to draw us into improving ourselves and our lives. Without that something, which is defined by goals, most of us will not make the progress we would like to.

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About the Author - Kim has an undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and began working as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant while finishing her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. As a self-employed trainer and dietitian, she has the privilege of working with people at many levels of fitness. She designs custom nutrition and fitness plans based upon the client's goals and current fitness level. She has designed programs for, and currently works with a 17 year-old amateur football linemen; senior citizens, and professional motocross racers working to hone their athletic skills, and rise to the top of their sport.

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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