The Art of Goal Setting
Goal setting varies from individual to individual. We cannot just keep working at without first knowing what we want and what we are capable of achieving and how we can achieve it.
If your goal, for instance, is to be able to run 5 miles but are aware of certain impediments that you may have which will make achieving that goal a bit more difficult or challenging compared to a person who is, say, half your age, then our advice would be to set more realistic goals. It doesn’t mean that you should necessarily give up on the 5 miles. 5 miles can be a long term goal.
And thus, to get to that goal, you can make several short term goals or achievable mini-goals.
However, if you are overweight, or haven’t done cardiovascular exercise in a while, or if you have some circulation, bone, or breathing problems, then it would always be best to start your regimen with a visit to a doctor. Then you can, following strictly his advice, begin training. On the first month, your mini-goal could be a 1.0 mile all-walk routine. On the second month, 1.0 miles of walk-run-walk combinations. Then, on the third month, 1.0 miles all-run. On the fourth month, 1.5 miles walk-run-walk, and so on…until 5 miles shall have been achieved.
One thing that keeps training continuing, is the keeping of a log to monitor daily progress. This encourages and challenges the trainee because he sees his progress. A log is therefore indispensable to a serious training program.
This will help you plan and create, analyze and implement an effective and safe training program that will fit you and help you attain your goals.