I really appreciated this article and it is helping me to be more realistic in my goals. Besides setting smaller measurable goals is more doable anyway. Success upon success will help build my confidence. Thanks so much Spark People! Sheila
At age 77, my goal is to stay healthy and mobile. I aim for 60 to 120 minutes about 6 days of the week and I do water aerobics, walk, and ride the recumbent bike with a little strength training thrown in. Highly recommend the water aerobics for seniors!
This is a great article that makes perfect sense. It names unrealistic goals (that I have indeed done) and suggests more realistic goals to replace them (that I will now do instead). I also see from the dates on the comments that this article has been around for over a year, but here it is January 2012 and I'm seeing it for the first time at just the right time for me. The suggestions in this article are not new news to me, but for some unfathomable reason I now get it. My brain is an amazing yet sometimes frustrating thing to me! Thanks SP for sending this article out through the cloud to my Inbox!
I have just set some goals for my self and found this article very helpful becouse usualy when i set goals its like loose 40 pounds instead of loose 2 pounds a week and i end up stressing my self out and quiting the diet when i dont see instant results. I am starting to realize if i want it it will be one small goal at a time.
As an individual who has difficulty setting fitness goals, this is helpful - reminders about small goals is good. as a small irony- one of the ads next to this article on my computer was for "Sensa" which purports to help you lose weight without work! Look, Ma, no goals needed! (at least the goal they noted is probably attainable with healthy eating and exercise ie. 50# in 6 months -albeit you'd have to work for it )
I like this article especially about saying "I'll go to the gym everyday" being unrealistic. I never thought of it in those terms even though I DON'T go to the gym every day.
9/17/2012 12:39:20 AM
The 10 minute suggestion was under the area for a sedentary person who said they were going to make a goal of going to the gym everyday. 10mins a day for a person who has been sitting on their rump for the past 10 yrs is very much a work out. Especially if they are of a way larger size. This coming from someone who was 502 pounds and just walking the short distance to the pot and wiping was the exercise of the day and made you tired enough to go take a nap. Now at 360, 10 mins is more than a doable task.
Thats how I was able to lose weight and build up my insurance, starting out with a reasonable exercise, amount of time and building on it. I challenged myself. If you do start out with 10 minutes, you have to be prepared to add more minutes as soon as you feel you can, 10 minutes a day is not enough to get a cardio workout. You also have to warm up and cool down. So take all in to consideration.
That is how I got back into the swing of things. I started slow and easy, 10 to 15 min workouts for a couple of weeks then 20 min cardio and 25 min cardio and tone combo and now I am able to do an hour cardio or 45 strength and add in an ab routine or some pushups. I feel great and when I am able to complete exercises that before I could only do 10reps and die.
1/6/2011 12:53:15 AM
Realistic doesn't have to mean slow pokey. You may not be able to go to the gym everyday, but exercising for just 10 minutes isn't going to be enough for most people. There needs to be a healthy balance between crazy person and not challenging yourself.
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