A fitness strategy may be just what you have been needing in your fitness journey to achieve those goals you have been wanting to meet.
You need a fitness strategy
My husband, Danny, is a super-strategic kind of guy. I mean, he’s the kind of person who likes to be three steps ahead of everyone else. Do you know anyone like that?
Let me share an example, when I ask him about his day at work, there are times he gives me more detail than, “It was good.” Although I cannot claim that to be often. Let’s suffice it to say that he gives me a heck of a lot more than the kiddos! Do you know what I am talking about? Seriously, I have to pull everything out of them 🙂
Back to my husband, he’s good at telling me what is to come rather than what happened that day. For example, he’ll say something like…”All is good, and we have a facility audit starting tomorrow.”
He’ll have me hooked by then. HA! It clearly doesn’t take much. “Tell me about it,” I’ll say.
Danny begins by telling me what “should happen” or the desired outcome. He will typically proceed by sharing how he believes things will or could go down the following day. But throughout his explanation, he is sure to explain who will be doing and saying what, and most importantly – what his response will be.
want to know a secret?
Want to know a secret? It works. He plans his work, getting the hard part out of the way. The next day he simply works the plan. BINGO! Therein lies the brilliance of my hubby’s strategic mind. What I find most interesting about Danny’s diatribe is that he works through (i.e. strategizes) conversations, obstacles, ideas, scenarios, and everything in between. His goal is to be prepared for anything that comes his way.
He quite literally plans his delivery so that he’ll get the best response. (By the way, he does this with our kiddos, too. I’ll be sure to share that another time.) I’ll be the first person to say that I am not a details kind of girl, at least not to the extent that Danny is. Let’s be clear, he doesn’t plan or strategize in a nefarious way. He simply desires a particular outcome and works backwards to get there.
It’s so simplistic but powerful. How can we apply strategic planning to our fitness?
If you don’t have a strategy or if you have one but want to tighten it up a bit, how would you work backwards?
What’s your ultimate fitness goal?
First, let’s begin with the end in mind. What’s your ultimate fitness goal? This could be anything: running a marathon, working out consistently, toning your core, learning to box or even becoming a fitness instructor. Don’t limit yourself. Decide, write it down and create a strategy around it.
Once you’ve determined your goal, let’s go back to the example of my husband. He looks ahead & anticipates what type of roadblocks or obstacles he might encounter AND what his reaction or response will be.
Let’s use the fitness goal of running a marathon as your goal.
WHat are Roadblocks you may encounter along your fitness journey?
What are some of the roadblocks you may encounter along your marathon training journey?
- Illness or Injury
- Rain or bad weather
- Work deadlines
- Kid’s performances/games
- Travel (work or leisure)
I realize there could be many other obstacles, but let’s stick with these and handle them one by one:
Illness or injury
Illness or Injury: It’s smart to simply plan that you will become ill or have an injury at some point during your marathon training. Here are a few strategy tips I’ve personally used:
When you get ill or injured, you should heal or recover fully before going back to your training. Many (i.e. most) people are so anxious to continue their training that they go back too soon and do further damage to their bodies. In the long run (which a marathon is), it’s always best to care for yourself the way you’d want to care for someone else. Be generous and show empathy to yourself.
Seek out a sports medicine doctor before you need one. It’s best to get referrals and use a doctor who is a runner and treats runners on a regular basis. This way the doctor will know how to help & understand the urgency.
Wearing the right running shoes can help to avoid many running injuries. Get fitted by a runner at a running store for your running shoes. I promise you will thank me for this tip.
Take care of your body during training in an effort to avoid illness. Wash your hands. Get enough sleep. Fuel your body with healthy foods.
Don’t overtrain or increase intensity too quickly. Increasing distance or intensity too quickly is a sure way to increase your chances of injury.
Rain or bad weather
In case of rain or bad weather, have a backup location where you can run on an indoor track or treadmill. If that is not possible, consider using a Stairmaster, bike, or elliptical machine as a substitute.
When you have a last-minute deadline creep into your work life, swap out a rest day to get your mileage in or run during your lunch hour. I’ve even had friends run to work (if they had a place to shower at the office). Be creative.
Kids PERFORMANCEs or games
When kiddos have a performance or game on a training day, swap out a rest day to attend or have your partner/ friend video the game/performance to watch later with your child
Travel for work or LEISURE
When you travel, plan to stay at a hotel where there’s an indoor treadmill or plan your outdoor run route in advance with the help of a local map.
Let’s compile those fitness goals to make your Fitness Strategy!
Your turn. Grab a pen and paper or your phone and write down your fitness goal. Once you’re satisfied with your goal, write down all of the roadblocks that may get in the way of achieving your goal. I promise there will be at least a few. Now the fun begins.
Come up with a strategy for every obstacle you may encounter! Even a detailed fitness strategy would be great too! What comes next?
Post your strategies and fitness strategy on your fridge or to your computer screen or even a bathroom mirror.
What are you waiting for?
Let’s get moving!
I’d love to hear about the strategies you’ve worked out.