By Marcus Shapiro
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. – Yogi Berra
It’s easy to dream of cycling Norway, trekking the Inca Trail or backcountry heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies. But for most of us, getting there requires a plan. Fortunately for you, we have one. Jump-start your dreams with these four simple tips for success from Marcus Shapiro, Fit for Trips founder and personal fitness trainer.
- Think of your goals in terms of process, performance and outcome. For example, a process goal would be to focus on proper cycling form to improve endurance. A performance goal would be to complete a training program for 60 minutes five times per week such as a trip-preparation fitness program available from Fit for Trips. An outcome goal would be to successfully complete your cycling vacation through Italy.
- Write down your goals and make them specific. If you need to lose weight to improve fitness before your upcoming trek, first state how much you plan to lose and give yourself a deadline. Next focus your performance goals around your training program and eating habits, which will ultimately result in the weight loss.
- Make your goals measurable and evaluate your progress regularly. You won’t know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started. Take initial measurements of weight, body fat, upper body strength and endurance, or mileage which can help you track your progress and influence the achievement of your outcome goal.
- Regularly assess changes you have made throughout your training program. Have you increased the mileage of your weekly treks? Can you paddle for a longer amount of time before your upper body begins to fatigue? Write down the changes you have experienced and always celebrate your accomplishments. You have a defined direction and are taking the necessary steps to accomplish your personal goals and that is something to be proud of.
See you out there!
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