I would like to welcome you back to Explorer Fitness, the fitness and wellness blog for Christopher Columbus High School.  Today is the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.  As such, I want to spend some time today talking about goals.  The obvious correlation would be fitness goals but this article is also meant to entice as well as guide you towards setting all types of goals.

I recently had a conversation with a friend and colleague of mine discussing changes to his workout program.  He decided that he wanted to set a fitness goal.  Not only does this provide a more direct purpose for training, but it also exponentially improves the focus and motivation of training.  The first point of my post is that you should occasionally set goals for yourself.  These can be exercise goals, sports/performance goals, educational, or simply personal goals.

The next concept that I want to highlight is where most people fall off.  This is the concept of proper planning and perseverance necessary for goal attainment.  The analogy you want to think of is that of building a pyramid.  If your pyramid isn’t going to be tall, then you don’t need a wide base.  You can lay a bit of groundwork and then start ascending to the top.  However, if you want your pyramid to be tall, then there is a lot of work to do before you start the climb.  If you have a serious long-term goal (a tall pyramid) then you must put in the hours and effort (foundation) so that you will be able to safely reach that goal.

For example, if you want to run a marathon, you probably won’t be able to just lace up and go.  First, you must ensure that you have the requisite strength and range of motion to put the miles on your body.  Then a good idea would be to begin an incremental running program.  Start with a few miles a day then slowly bump up the distance.  If you increase the distance too quickly, or run with too high a frequency, your pyramid will be unstable and it may topple over (unfortunately you may also).  The same concept could be applied to weight loss.  You will not be able to go out and drop 30 pounds tomorrow, but you can plan accordingly.  A good nutritional program, an exercise routine, and safeguards to help prevent poor dietary choices will all support you in your effort.  These would serve as the base of your pyramid.

In conclusion, I encourage all of you to set a goal this week.  To reiterate, it doesn’t need to be a fitness goal specifically (although you could set more than one goal).  I want you to think about how you are going to reach that goal and start to lay the foundation for your pyramid.  I am wishing the students and faculty of Columbus a great year ahead and all others the best of health and happiness.

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