So you want to be fit, but what does fit mean to you?
Fit is defined as ‘in good health, especially because of regular exercise’, but the world see’s fit in so many different ways. The winner of the CrossFit games is given the title the Fittest Man or Woman on earth, so of course they are fit, but how would they compete in a fight against the best pound for pound fighter in the world? Because that fighter is also definitely fit. The champion of the UFC is given a title of the Champion of the World and they are fit, but do they easily run marathons? The athlete who wins a gold medal at the Olympics for swimming is a world champion and they are fit for swimming, but a lot of them has said they struggle with running, does this make them unfit? No! The person who runs marathons is fit, I mean they run 42km, and that is not an easy task. All these people are extremely fit, but can all these people do the exact same things when it comes to fitness? Most definitely not. So stop letting the world define fit, and define it for yourself.
Fitness is so much more than one component, so rather than saying you want to be fit, decide what it is you want to be fit for and work towards that, because fitness levels can be very different in different sports, and fitness events.
When asking a fitness professional for advice on how to reach your goals, or getting a program designed make sure it is designed for your specific goals. There are too many generalised programs out there, and just because they work for one person doesn’t mean they are going to work for you. If you want to be fit for weightlifting, then hitting specific sprint times or marathon times shouldn’t be a big feature of your program, this isn’t where the focus should be. Your program should ultimately be designed to get you fit for your goals – weight lifting. How do we do that? We lift weights! Decide what it is you want to be fit for and then go from there.
Do you want to run a 5-10km fun event?
Do you want to be faster in your chosen sport?
Do you want to be able to do 10 chin ups?
Do you want to look great at the beach, or even naked?
Having a specific goal rather than just wanting to get fit can mean the world of difference to your results. Often we set goals based on what everyone else is doing, or what everyone else thinks we should be doing, but this have to be YOUR goal for it to work. If it isn’t something you are passionate about then you’re never going to achieve it.
So what do you want to be fit for? Use the following goal setting questions to help you get this as specific as possible, and also break down all your barriers.
- What is your number one health and fitness goal?
- Why is this your number one health and fitness goal?
- When do you want to achieve this?
- How will you feel if you don’t achieve this goal?
- How will you feel when you do?
- If you keep doing what you are doing now, will you achieve this goal? YES/NO
- What barriers have stopped you from achieving this goal in the past?
- What are you prepared to do to achieve it?