Fitness Friday: Get Real with Your Fitness Goals

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walking realistic fitness goalsI’m a classic all-or-nothing thinker. In spite of being a Green Mountain alum and staff member, I find myself thinking this way if I don’t watch out. Usually it manifests itself with my fitness goals.

If I can’t be kicking butt in Zumba (doing the more advanced routines) or hiking a good-sized mountain, I sometimes feel that it isn’t worth the effort.

If I can’t be kicking butt in Zumba (doing the more advanced routines) or hiking a good-sized mountain, I sometimes feel that it isn’t worth the effort.

Clearly, this attitude is  detrimental and I have to catch myself when I start thinking this way. Because here’s what happens: When the level of exercise I think I need for weight management or calorie burning is negated for whatever reason (lack of time, injury, weather, etc.), I am inclined to not do anything at all because I ask, “What’s the point?”

Well, here’s the point: More energy, better mood, less stiff, better sleep, help for my insulin-resistance, heart health, mental health, feeling strong, feeling capable, feeling proud. Just to name a few.  Thankfully, Green Mountain helped me realize this or I’m pretty sure I would still be sitting on a couch somewhere.

I’ve had to look at my fitness goals for this summer and adjust them to make room for my back injury. I had grand plans of hiking Mt. Ascutney and Mt. Washington, but that’s not likely to happen and I can’t fall into the trap of thinking that anything less won’t do.

I’m determined to focus on what I can do this summer, instead of what I can’t do. Because summer is here, officially! Today is the solstice and I have a list: Here’s what I have so far:

  • Walk to and from work
  • Bike into town
  • Swim Echo Lake
  • Kayak or canoe
  • Gentle yoga
  • Easy, flat hikes (there are a ton in Vermont)
  • Lap swimming
  • Aquatics
  • Lawn games (croquet, Badminton, etc.)
  • Find someone’s dog and walk it!

Here are some other suggestions for staying active in the summer wherever you are.

What are your recommendations for exercising, when you may not be able to do what you originally hoped to do?

Photo Courtesy of Kim Carter

 

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  • Harriet Krivit says:

    I don’t call “it” “exercise”, to me it’s physical activity and like food, it’s imperitive that foremost I enjoy it for
    the pleasure of it! Otherwise exercise is a diet. I don’t ride my bike to do it because I should. I love it! I am free, enjoying the world around me,in control and yes it gives me the physical activity I need.
    Love what you eat, love what makes you move. My motto.

  • These are excellent goals. Keep your mind on them and you’ll go far in no time! All or nothing is the way to go.

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