Why you should still set goals in lockdown?
Lockdown has well and truly become part of the tale we’ll tell in years to come. It’s no longer not the norm, and as we look towards the future it’s likely to shape a lot of what the next year looks like. It’s changed the way we live, train and eat. Whilst it’s come with a lot of negatives, it’s also forced a lot of us to slow down, and allowed us to dedicate more time to activities we usually wouldn’t have the hours to. This includes training, and a lot of it.
Whilst in many cases this is a positive, it also brings with it a few not so positive things since many seem to have lost focus with their training. This comes down to ‘goals’ being whipped from under their feet with races off, and competitions cancelled. That being said, now is not the time to stop goal chasing.
Goals are set for a reason, and they are there to motivate and inspire you. This is one of the many reasons they should stay set. On top of this, they help create direction with your training and stop you delving aimlessly into endless HIIT workouts, and running repetitively at top speed.
We’ve pulled together a few suggestions to help you set some realistic, and achievable goals during this period.
- Set small timeframes. With things ever changing, and our lifestyle constantly being flipped on its head, small time frames suit the evolving situation. This also means should things change, you’re able to tick off your goal and work towards the next, easily implementing changes to suit the switch. For example, why not set yourself ⅔ weekly goals. These could be simply training twice a week or they could be to hit a certain run mileage or practice some yoga. The choice is yours.
- Make sure they fit your lifestyle. There’s no point setting yourself a 7 weekly workout target if you’re currently serving as one of the frontline heroes. Your body will be quick to dismiss that, and it will not be conducive to your health long term. Be realistic with yourself and kind to your body. We’re all going through enough right now without any further stresses.
- They don’t just have to be fitness focused. Why not get after your nutrition goals? These are a set we’re particularly fond of, and with such clear links between nutrition and good mental health, now is as good a time as ever to put some focus into what’s going on your plate.
- Do what works for you. If you hate running, don’t set a run goal. If you don’t have a barbell at home, don’t aim for max squat. Make your goal something that excites you, and also something that is achievable. There’s no point getting disheartened, or stuck in a rut because you’ve signed yourself up to something you never really wanted to achieve.
- Be brave. Yes, whilst we want you to be realistic we also want you to challenge yourself. Just because you don’t have a gym, or a normal routine, doesn’t mean you can’t set yourself something that’ll require you to really commit. Commitment equals structure, and structure equals success.
Still stuck for direction? Check out our #GetReadyStayReady summer campaign, and pick one of the four goals on offer. We will then provide you with daily bespoke nutrition, and a training guide designed by one of our expert trainers to best compliment your goal. Find out more here.