Your health and fitness are intrinsically connected, but our goals do not always reflect this link. So, no matter how hard you hit your treadmill training, if your nutrition isn’t right, you will reach a point where you can’t progress any further. But you don’t have to remain stuck.
By setting balanced health and fitness goals, implementing them purposefully, and periodically checking your progress, you can master any goal you set.
Establish Complementary Health And Fitness Goals
When health and fitness goals clash, many people give up on both goals, rather than alter one or both of the goals. Instead of running into this hurdle, work on establishing complementary health and fitness goals from the outset.
For instance, say a 25-year-old woman who is 5’2” and 160 lbs wants to lose weight and train for a half-marathon at the same time. If the emphasis is placed on weight loss alone, she can stick to 1,200 calories a day diet – creating a large enough deficit to lose around 2 lbs a week. However, as her running progresses, she will burn hundreds of calories over the course of a single run.
The increased calorie deficit can create problems, leaving the woman hungry and without enough energy. Also, running stresses the body. Without the proper nutrition, recovery after a hard workout will be even harder.
So, instead of weighing the goal emphasis on one side or the other, look to how you can balance. One way is to allow a higher calorie intake on long run days or to shoot for a shorter race until more weight is lost.
Implement Your Goals In Steps
Fits of enthusiasm and motivation are often what trigger the setting of goals. This kind of goal setting is done in a rush, and often require you to make several major life changes at once, such as:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Run a marathon
- Eat vegetarian
- Go for 5 am workouts
As well as other good goals which should not be rushed into. By trying to do multiple life-altering things at once, you are practically setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.
Instead, once you determine what your goals are, rank them by importance to you and implement them in that order. For example, maybe start cutting down on your sugar intake and in a few weeks, begin eating vegetarian a few days a week. With a more deliberate and thought-out approach to your goals, your chances of success greatly increase.
Create Goal Check-Ins To Stay On Track
Our day-to-day lives can shuffle our health and fitness goals to the side if we don’t create goal check-ins. By having these checkpoints, you can track your progress and see where you still may need work. Some ways to check in on your goals are:
- Weight loss tracking chart where you log not just your weight, but other body measurements.
- Keep a food diary and assess how you have been eating. Many apps like iFit® will generate graphs and other data visuals to help you.
- Go in for a physical with a doctor to assess blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, and other key indicators of health.
NordicTrack has partnered with iFit® to help you reach your health and fitness goals. With the help of the iFit® personal trainers leading you through thousands of workout programs and the informational dashboard where you can track your workouts, dietary intake, sleep patterns and more, you successfully link your health and fitness goals.