Post # 1
I think that psychologically speaking, the healthiest way to motivate yourself to get in shape is to work toward a performance goal of some kind, rather than a body image related goal. It’s better to concentrate your energy on what your body can do than on what you look like. The best example I can think of is training for a marathon. It’s healthier emotionally to focus on increasing your endurance and speed than on your waist measurement, or your weight.
I’d like to create a fitness goal comparable to a marathon, and focus on that, but the problem is that I hate running, and all fitness goals that I can think of are running-related. What other fitness goals have you set, besides running?
Post # 3
What about training for an open water mile (or longer) swim? or if you’re not comfortable with that you can just train to do a mile in the pool. Swimming is really good for you and a lot easier on the joints than running. The only reason I’m running now is beause memberships to pools around here are expensive.
Post # 4
@marjojo: I too hate running, bad knees run in the family so I abstain. I do however lift weights, like lots of weights. I always try to get an extra rep, or a higher weight and there are so many ways to do it (I started by bench pressing just the bar, I was embarassed for about the first rep, bc then it was hard!) I also love feeling my sore muscles the next day and knowing SOMETHING is happening. I think cross-fit is similar, I’m just too cheap to pay for it!
now if I could just get my eating under control…any tips for helping with that? Its funny to me, because I read all the information, I know about labels and calories and carbs and protein, I just can’t make myself do it consistently like i did before the wedding, and even then I’ll be honest I was more 70/30 than 100% on plan. sorry, way off topic
Post # 5
I dance, and my goal is to get strong enough to go up en pointe in ballet. This means a lot of work in flexibility, building long, lean muscle, working on coordination and balance, and focusing a lot of attention on having strong ankles and feet. In that goal are a bunch of smaller ones — better turnout, cleaner turns, strong demi-pointe, deeper pliés, better jumps, etc etc etc. So I don’t know if it’s on the same level as running a marathon, but it’s a long-term, solid goal for me and the discrete steps required to get there helps me conceptualize the work I need to do to get there, which is the most motivating part of it, I think.
Post # 6
Insanity workout? Can be pretty motivation seeing the days go by 😛
Post # 7
I think you can apply goals like this to any kind of fitness. Like yoga? How about your goal is mastering a difficult pose (or sequence or posing)? Biking? Make your goal a distance (or race!). Same with swimming.
Weighlifting can be a certain amount of weights or reps. If you want general fitness, why not just make it a goal to exercise xx numbers of hours per week/month/year?
Post # 8
What about workout DVDs? For example, Insanity and 30 day shred coud help because they are based on “number of days” goals. I’m starting Insanity which is 60 days and every 2 weeks you do the Fit Test. I’ve read that a lot of people have success with it because each day they work to get to the 60 day completion and the Fit Test shows your improvement over the weeks so a lot of people see that they’re getting better and work harder to be even better for the next “test”
Post # 9
Since May is National Physical Fitness month, I set a goal for myself to make it through Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It is definitely a challenge.
Post # 10
My long term goal is 60 laps in 60 minutes, and it’ll be a hell of a day when I do that. I average around 45 or 50 right now. I also like setting short term goals within my workout (only 2 breaths per lap, for example, or counting my strokes and trying to decrease the number with each lap). It keeps me from getting bored.
Post # 11
@marjojo: Have you thought about bikini/fitness competitions? I’m thinking about getting into the bikini competition area. Maybe look into NPC or IFBB competitions.
Post # 12
I can do sit-ups! Real, full on sit-ups 😀 After 3 weeks on the 30DS…
wish I could say the same for push-ups (can’t even do 1, it makes no sense), but an achievement is an achievement 🙂
Post # 13
I need to start eating ALOT better than I have been :-/