PRACTICAL FITNESS AND TANGIBLE GOALS
Practical Fitness starts with tangible goals, goals that you perceive as touchable or reachable. In How To Set Smart Goals, I discussed goals that are specific and measurable. Today, I suggest that goals can be set such that they are almost …. TOUCHABLE. These are goals you know you can reach and are specific according to what is important in your life RIGHT NOW.
MY FITNESS GOALS
For me, with regard to movement and exercise my goals are about ways to help me in the process of living and maintaining vitality in aging. I am over the idea of super fitness and now am looking at practical fitness.
My specific goal of late has been to be able to pull on my undies or my pants without having to hold onto the wall, a desk or a chair and to be able to stand on one leg while lifting the other. I wanted to be able to do this long enough to pull on my jeans!! I reached that goal this week after many weeks of dancing around the house, doing basic yoga sequences and a lot of balancing work.
Improving balance is essential and can be done fairly easily. Hold a chair, stand tall and lift one foot up off of the floor for as little as 10 seconds. Repeat with the opposite side. Add time to the exercise slowly and see if you can let go of the chair. Progress, while staying safe. It does not matter how old or how young you are, basic balance exercise would be the same.
At lifeline.ca there is a great post regarding balance and strength exercises for seniors. With the title 14-exercises-for-seniors-to-improve-strength-and-balance, it’s purpose is pretty self explanatory. This article is appropriate and safe not only for seniors, but anyone who wants to start on their path to practical fitness. The pictures are easy to follow. Senior or not, the best way for anyone to start moving your body is safely.
Tangible goals are objective and measurable. My goal identified something I was struggling to do. It was easily measurable. I knew when I had met my goal because I was able to do something that for a while I could not!!
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