I haven’t written down any fitness goals since January even though I used to do it every month. I used to really enjoy setting targets and getting to check them off at the end of the month, but after a while it was taking the fun out of exercising. Depending on my mood sometimes I prefer to hit the gym and lift heavy weights, other days I really need the motivation of a class instructor to get my out of the house. The problem with setting specific goals such as ‘increase my bicep weights’ is that I tend to want to do the opposite of that just because I’ve written it down in print!
I thought I would try writing down some goals for May but make them a little more flexible and open to change depending on my routine. I’m also taking a little rest because of an IT band injury, which basically came about because I have chosen not to stretch after exercise for several years.
- Stretch – I have been advised to stretch for 20 minutes everyday, even if I am not working out that day. I am one of those terrible people who advises others to stretch and somehow seems to forget to do it themselves, but I’m determined to get my body into good shape to that I can rely on it in the long term.
- Swim – Having problems with my knee means I’m avoiding too much high impact activity so I thought I would give swimming a try. I’ve been twice now and I’m hoping to do it once a week as it should help stretch my muscles whilst providing a some low impact activity.
- Weight training – I’ve got into cardio recently and forgotten about lifting weights. I wasn’t too fussed about that until I checked by body fat percentage and realised it has gone up 6% in 6 weeks! Not happy about that one bit so hoping to get it back down over the coming months.
There. Just a few simple goals to keep me focused in May. I’m not going to stress if I don’t stick to the plan because at the end of the day, I’ve got to enjoy my workouts.
What are your goals for May?