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Here's a Checklist for Fitness (and Life)
by Shawn C. LeBrun, Certified Personal Trainer

Here is a checklist you can use to accomplish any of your fitness (or life) goals, one by one!

Step 1: Determine your fitness goal:

My fitness goal is ______________________________

Step 2: Here's what is necessary to achieve my goal:

  • Desire--desire is the force that drives you towards your fitness goals. It is what motivates you to endure those intense, physical workouts. You have to want your goal badly. If you don't want it, believe me, nobody else wants it for you!

  • Belief--You must believe, without a doubt, that you can achieve your fitness goals. Belief is the foundation of success.

  • They're written--your goals need to be written, or they are merely wishes. If a goal is worth setting, then it is worth writing. Write it in as much detail as possible.

  • Determine the benefits--why do you want this goal so badly? If you cannot think of a good enough reason, is it worth going after. Make a list of all the benefits you will receive from achieving your fitness goal. Do you want more energy, more confidence, to feel sexier?

  • Where are you at now--where are you currently in your fitness endeavor? Until you know where you are, you will never know where you need to be. The most detailed map in the world is useless if you do not know your current location.

  • Set a realistic deadline--when do you want to achieve your goal? On most goals, you need a deadline, or you will not strive to achieve it in a timely manner. Deadlines create a sense of urgency. Make it realistic. Chances are you will not lose 10 pounds of fat a week but 1 to 2 pounds is very realistic.

  • Identify hurdles--be prepared to face hurdles along the way. But if you are prepared to handle the worse, everything else that comes your way is a walk in the park.

  • Identify the knowledge you'll need--we often must learn new things to completely accomplish our goals. Whether it is a new weight loss program or a fitness book you are reading, identify the knowledge you will need to know in order to reach your goals.

  • Devise a step-by-step plan--put down, on paper, and in detail, how you are going to achieve your goal. Put down the activities you will need to get involved in so that you reach your goal. Most people do not have a fitness plan devised, they just wander from machine to machine, exercise to exercise. Develop a plan to get to where you want to be.

  • Create a mental picture--Imagine your goal already attained. Create a crystal clear picture of you enjoying your fitness goal (less weight, more energy, fitting into clothes better). The more you think about enjoying your goal, the more your subconscious begins to work and move you closer to the attainment of your goal.

  • Resolve never to quit--finally, resolve to never, ever quit. You must determine the price you have to pay to achieve your fitness goals, and then simply strive to pay that price. Be persistent and determined to reach that finish line. You'll be a much stronger person for it in the end.

THE MORE BOXES YOU CHECK, THE CLOSER YOU GET TO YOUR GOALS

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