Health Fitness Goals In Your Life
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Have you set your lifetime health and fitness goals yet?If you are like me then the chances are that you don't have any health fitness or weight loss goals and you probably never have had any. Now that I'm into my 50's I'm starting to wish that I'd set myself some goals from a very early age but somehow that never seemed to be important until now.
The good news is that it's never too late to start setting health and fitness goals for yourself that will give you a much greater chance of living a long active and enjoyable life and it might not be as difficult as you think. Health and fitness goals don't have to be impressive. Even a 30-minute walk 3 or 4 times a week can help you lose weight and keep it off in the long term which can make a big difference to your life as long as you keep it up.
My modest health fitness goalI've been attending a local gym 3 times a week for quite a while now and no I'm not a body builder and I don't kill myself with all the fitness weight training machines. I do enough exercise to build up a sweat for 30-45 minutes in a nice gentle way. I'm also careful to eat sensibly and the combination is keeping my weight nice and constant.
The goal I set for myself recently is keep going to the gym 3 times a week. That's it, plain and simple, just keep going. If I slowly increase the amount of exercise that I do or I go a little more often then that's a bonus but that isn't my aim. I just want to keep going at the same rate as I do now. It's taken me a long time with a slow, almost casual weight loss program to get to this point and I now want to keep it there.
You see, most people join a gym and use it 2 to 3 times a week for a while but after 3 months they get bored and simply don't go any longer. Not only is this a waste of money but also it isn't going to help your long-term health fitness and weight loss goals either.
Health and physical fitness training at schoolHealth and fitness training should start as early as possible and school sports and fitness training should play a big part in our education for life. Sadly this wasn't the case for me. School sports was just torture for most of the time. They sent us on cross country runs in the rain, made us stand on freezing cold rugby pitches in the winter and spend whole afternoons watching team mates play cricket in the summer. Actually, that bit wasn't too bad now I come to think about it.
Rowing at schoolIt wasn't until we moved house and I was sent to a school that offered a rowing club as an option to rugby that I started to enjoy sport. I'd actually found an effective exercise that I liked to do, even after getting frozen in the rain and dumped in the river a few times.
Take note here because this is the key to a successful fitness and weight loss program. Find something that you like to do. If you don't enjoy it then find something that you do enjoy before you give up completely.
Racket Squash and fitness circuit training at UniversityI was fortunate to be sent to a school that provided rowing facilities but I then went on to a university that was nowhere near any water so that was the end of that. I tried a little circuit training but that left me more bored than fit. Then I met a few people who played racket squash and asked me to play.
I really enjoyed squash but I was never very good at it. I always had the feeling that my opponents were making allowances for me. I did find one player who was at the same level as I was and this always produced very enjoyable games. It's very important to play competitive sports with people that are at the same skill level as you are. If you don't then the experience won't be enjoyable and sooner or later you will stop playing. This is what helped to keep my weight under control at university.
The amazing evaporating health fitness and weigh maintenance goalsAfter university I had a whole new set of responsibilities. I had a job and rent to pay and I found myself spending far too much time on my work and no time at all on exercise. If I ever had any health and fitness goals then they had long fallen by the wayside now.
This went on for years. I eat more of the wrong kinds of foods because healthy foods were too difficult or just too different. I consumed a lot of ready-meals and got a lot fatter during that long period. That was the time when I should have been integrating a healthy eating, exercise and weight control plan into my life instead of ignoring it.
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The deadly exercise machine - rowingEventually things started to get a little easier and a family was on the way. I started to eat healthier food, put on my running gear when the weather was nice and played the odd game of squash here and there. Then we went on holiday to a place that had a gym and we all decided that it would be good to do some exercise while we were there. Great idea we all thought.
I did a couple of classes to begin with but that didn't work out too well because I just couldn't follow the routines. Like a lot of men I'm afraid I just have no rhythm and so classes were out for me.
I then spied a rowing machine in the gym. Great I thought, I know how to row, I've done loads of it for real. Yes like 20 years earlier! So on I get and off I go. This is great I thought, it brought back all those happy memories and it felt good. 20 minutes later I felt a hot stabbing pain in my back and I just knew that something wasn't right. I couldn't drive for a week and it took 10 weeks of physiotherapy before I could sit comfortably again. No exercise for weeks is a sure fire way to start putting weight back on.
The moral of this story is to be careful when you exercise and don't ever overdo it because the consequences can be serious. Exercise for health and fitness has to be enjoyable and that fitness experience wasn't enjoyable at all believe me.
The discovery of the fitness gymsAs a birthday present a few years ago my family joined me up at the local fitness gym. This was quite strange and daunting to me at first and I was still worried about my back, as I didn't want to repeat that again. The staff were very helpful and suggested fitness training and weight loss programs that wouldn't put pressure on my weak back.
This was a very good move for me because I'm still going 3 times a week after several years now and I really do enjoy it. I don't do weight training and I don't do classes. I avoid the rowing machines like the plague but I concentrate on cardio-vascular exercises that bring my heart rate up and make me sweat. I sometimes use a bike trainer but that hurts my soft bottom. Mostly I make use of cross trainers or elliptical trainers and treadmills.
When I've finished my workout I always feel better. I feel happier, more relaxed and more alive. If I have time afterwards I'll head into the sauna for 15 minutes, which makes a nice finish to the fitness session. I believe this to be the key to solving my weight problem if I can keep it up.
Stretching after an exercise workoutAfter any kind of exercise it's a good idea to spend some time stretching the muscles that you've just been using to prevent stiffness. The trainers at the gym were very helpful suggesting the right kind of stretching for me.
Set your health fitness goals nowI must encourage you to set your goals now. Even if you just do 20 minutes walking 3 to 4 times a week it will help you now and into the future but your goal must be to keep doing it.
You never know you might even get to like it and start doing more exercise but don't promise yourself more than you know you will stick to.