The value of setting goals…
As most of us know, exercise can help with many things such as improving blood pressure and cholesterol, managing weight, improve pain and increasing strength. Additionally, exercise can also help improve your ability to perform every day activities, self-confidence, well-being, happiness and functional tasks.
As an exercise physiologist nothing beats hearing the positive feedback about the benefits my clients have gained from their exercise and lifestyle changes so I thought I would share a bit of what they have had to say.
This week I have had amazing feedback from a few clients who have set goals around upcoming holidays, events as well as their overall health. These are the type of goals that are important. Your goals need to mean something to you and not just reflect a number on a scale. When you start exercising it is important to know why you are doing it and what you want to get out of it.
Here is some of the feedback and comments I have received recently:
- I don’t want to weigh myself as I am feeling great and at the end of the day it’s how I feel not how much I weigh.
- I received an email from a client who is on a big trip through Europe who has reported the walking and hiking have been doing is much easier than they expected. To their surprise when faced with squat toilets they stated that at first they were a bit nervous about getting up and down but did it with ease as they felt their legs were strong enough.
- Another client who set goals around being stronger for their holiday let me know that they were able to complete a bike ride through Europe with little pain and felt great doing it.
Having a goals that you value can change your whole outlook on exercise. Today we are surrounded by what people think we should be, look and feel but at the end of the day my goal is to encourage a love for exercise to achieve what is relevant to you.