Before you start fitness training there are several things that would be good to do to set yourself up for success. There are primary patterns of movement that our body is best conditioned while moving in. Those patterns are based on what we know about our body and the way it is constructed. There are different approaches and opinions in the health, therapy, and training industry on what a person should do to recover from injury or reach the peak of athletic fitness. From examining and testing many of the approaches available I have noticed a few common threads that I would like to share with you.
Set clear and specific goals
No one has achieved anything without setting clear, specific goals. It doesn’t matter how nice or well meaning you are, if you don’t know where you are going you won’t get anywhere. This point needs to be addressed first because no one wants to do a bunch of exercises that are taking you nowhere.
We need to know where we are, to get where we want to go
It’s great to set goals but if you aren’t open and honest enough to reveal what you are doing and admit that your current position is largely a result of your choices you will not move. If you want better health or fitness you need to be gently critical of your current way of life. Gentle because if you condemn yourself too much then you won’t have the confidence to believe change is possible. And critical because you know that there are things you can do better. A good start that I recommend everyone do before starting a fitness training plan is evaluating your movement quality with some kind of movement evaluation. I call the one I preform a Functional Movement Evaluation.
A step by step or gradual process of progression is essential to reach a destination
When a house is built, a detailed plan is put together to understand what it is going to cost to complete the project and the labor that is needed. The same thing goes for building your body. You don’t necessarily have to write a extremely detailed plan to get good results, however, the more precise you are the easier it is to follow and the easier it will be to attain results.
Consistent daily exercise is vital
If you have a goal, know where you are and have a step by step plan to reach your goal but you don’t do the work you won’t get there. Gradually building a daily habit of exercise that you enjoy and that benefits you is the best way to meet your fitness goals.
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