Goals: time to rethink yours?

IMG_2398Goals have been on my mind lately.  Over the last year, I’ve had a few injuries that have prevented me from committing to run another marathon.  Every time I’d plan to start my training, my injury would re-occur.  I had to face the fact that my body was not ready for another intense 16 weeks of training.  What to do?  Logically, time to rethink my goals.  Emotionally, it took a while for this thought to sink in, as I had to first accept that I needed to do something different in my fitness routine.  Eighteen years ago when my last injury sidelined me from running, I had no plan for alternatives and was at a loss for what to do.  Today, with fitness as a regular part of my life, the choices for alternatives are endless.  During this latest injury, I was determined to stay fit even without running as a major component of my life!  What this meant was getting competent at doing other stuff.  For me the challenge was improving my swimming.

I’m sure many of you have faced a similar situation in your past or maybe you’re dealing with it right now.  An injury or a lack of motivation can put a damper on your fitness and on your emotional wellbeing.  Don’t let them!  In fact, a change in routine can help you break through a plateau or help you regain energy or excitement for fitness.  You need to be careful with injuries but as long as you get approval from your doctor, there are a number of things you can do.  If you are “older” like we are, then reflect on this quote from World Health Gym’s latest advertising, “Everything that gets worse with age gets better with exercise.”

IMG_2395Goal setting can be powerful to energize you into action.  I’m not talking about the goal setting you’ve done at the office, i.e. setting a goal because you’ll get something from somebody if you do it!  Research in the sports psychology field shows that progress towards achieving goals is more successful when the goals are intrinsic; that is, when you do something because of the fun and enjoyment that the goal provides you or when the primary reason is simply your interest in the experience itself.  For those of you who say you don’t enjoy fitness but you believe that fitness is important to your health, know that goals that you believe are important or that you endorse freely and value whole heartedly are also more effective in helping you achieve them.  Bottom line, with fitness you need to do it for yourself!  The research also found that these types of goals are even more effective when combined with implementation plans that are ‘approach oriented’ versus ‘avoidance oriented.’  What this means is that each goal is supported by actions you will take to help achieve the goals instead of supported by actions you will avoid.  For example, rather than saying, “I won’t skip my workouts,” you state, “I will workout 3 times per week.” (If you are interested in reading one of the articles on this research, see Autonomous Motivation, Controlled Motivation and Goal Progress, 2008)

As you can tell, I’m a strong believer in goals and plans.  My latest attempt at goal setting required a step back to examine the reason that running another marathon was important to me and what else could satisfy this desire.  Through this process, I discovered what truly mattered to me and found activities other than running that could help me stay fit and strong and that could give me the sense of accomplishment that I need.  Making these changes to my fitness and nutrition have been challenging and have improved my abilities in other sports.  In addition, they have helped me shed an extra seven pounds.  A great side benefit as I see it!

So, what’s your story?  Do you need to revisit your goals?  This is a good time to do it.  If you need additional motivation, see the video link below from the February 6, 2013, Marilyn Denis Show.  In an interview with Marilyn, a fitness professional talks about ways to start and commit to a healthy lifestyle.


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8 Responses to Goals: time to rethink yours?

  1. Claire Kroshus says:

    Enjoyed your article. Maybe it will help me set a fitness goal. A lot of my goals now are anti-goals-like I don’t want to be one of those women at the club who spends 5 hours a day lifting weights. Please god, let there be more in my life than that!

    On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM, Aspire, Perspire, Nourish Yourself wrote:

    > ** > aspireperspirenourish posted: “Goals have been on my mind lately. Over > the last year, Ive had a few injuries that have prevented me from > committing to run another marathon. Every time Id plan to start my > training, my injury would re-occur. I had to face the fact that my body > was n”


  2. Diane McMahon says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. After a long winter of surgeries, we’re ready to get to work!


  3. Dave says:

    It has been some time since our brief stint together at Noranda. Hello!! The quote “everything that gets worse with age gets better with exercise ” says the words I have been looking for to help a good friend.


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