Traveling isn’t just picking up and going. Without a set destination, this is best classified as wandering. You can always church it up a bit and call it exploring, but to be on a journey you have to have a destination, or at least a direction, before you can get on down the road. The same need for direction applies to our fitness journeys. Without some sort of goal (do 10 push-ups, walk a mile, touch your toes etc.), your just burning energy. Although “just get moving” is step 1, it should never be the last step for anyone. So, once you have a goal in mind, here comes step 2: “figuring out the best route.” The easiest route somewhere is the familiar one, but if you haven’t been then you’ll have to rely on outsider information. This is when the source of your directions, or map, becomes very important.
In physical travel you rely on a trusted source or a Cartographer (a professional map maker) to highlight the best routes to your destination. Anyone’s directions could be great but the best bet is the cartographer because making maps is their actual profession. Take a second and think—would you rather “go to the tree and turn right” or use Google maps and make to the front door by 8:41pm? Now let’s apply this situation to fitness and there is an immediate conundrum: just who do you ask for directions or a map to reach your fitness goals? Some top answers are the internet/Google, an old sports coach, in shape friend, church pastor, kind of in shape co-worker, and your spouse. Now don’t get me wrong; all of these sources have some possibility of giving you directions that can get close to your goal, but the probability of success will be higher with the map maker, aka fitness professional. Because there are so many sources for directions on your fitness journey here are few that will help you reach your goal in a hurry:
Let’s retrace these beginning fitness steps. “Step 1” is to get up and start moving—remember activity by any means necessary. This initial physical activity builds your personal understanding of what you can do, want to do, and want to be able to do. The next foot hole, or “Step 2,” is for you to choose a direction of travel. Once you’re familiar with your body and its capabilities you’ll be able to mark areas of performance you want to improve. This is a great way to set reasonable personal goals. With these two steps forward, you have taken care of much of the guess work in your fitness travels, and can now take one of the previous four navigational suggestions to plan out the most interesting route to your goal. Mix and match any of these fitness sources for additional input on possible fun detours and unexpected route changes to make sure you can always get back on track. Having a destination will increase your chances of getting the right information, because you can’t go to the second line unless you know where the second line is at.
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