Fitness 2: Setting Goals

My lord, I have a cunning plan. Baldrick to Lord Blackadder

Have objectives and stick to them

By Roger Childs

People who take their sport seriously have schedules. Often it is a weekly programme which will include some flexibility to vary the pattern if need be.

If you are just getting underway with an exercise regime, setting goals is essential to making the fitness programme a regular part of your life.

Unlike those who have been training and performing for years, people new to regular exercise should be looking to progressively expand their schedule and increase their commitment.

Start conservatively then set targets

As mentioned in our first article, the first outings should be very easy.

Probably the hardest part of getting going is actually “turning up or out” for the exercise! However once you’ve walked/jogged/cycled the first time, what follows is plain sailing.

One of the best ways to make sure you are “getting out”, is to go with someone else. If you are meeting a friend(s) at 8.00am on a particular corner, you’ll be there!

With the first week of your fitness regime under your belt, think about possible goals. These could be to

  • build up your “training” to a particular level by a certain time
  • train for a particular event
  • be fit enough to join a local walking/jogging/cycling group
  • establish a regular weekly regime by the beginning of August, whatever
  • lose a certain amount of weight
  • be ready to join a gym by ________

Having more than one is fine.

Keep an exercise diary so you can realistically plan ahead and later look back on what you have achieved.

Parkrun for joggers and walkers

In the Kapiti area Parkrun it’s from Otaihanga Domain every Saturday at 8.00am. Same place, same time, every time. A great idea to ensure your exercise becomes regular.

(More on Parkrun in the next article in the series)