Clear Goals Help an Exercise Program

Bright Angel Trailhead

Bright Angel Trailhead

Last week my son Michael sent an invitation email to me and my Grandson. The message had some dates next Spring for a week long backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. Attached to the message was a check box for accepting or rejecting the invitation. It took me only a second to check the accept box but as soon as I clicked the send button, the enormity of that decision sunk in. I will need to train so I can carry a 50-60 pound backpack for 6 hours a day going down and up steep trails. The Bright Angle trail (where the mules carry people and cargo) descends roughly 1,000 feet per mile for the first four miles. It is obvious to me that I will need to do a lot of hiking with increasingly heavy loads between now and next Spring.

Having clear goals usually helps us achieve our desired outcomes. For example, when I wanted to help motivate other Seniors to exercise, I knew I could best do that if I was certified as an instructor. In military and business language, our short term goals (tactical) help us reach our long term goals (strategic). The tactical move of getting certified in the fitness industry helps one to be strategically positioned to help others reach their fitness goals.

To hold the certification, each two years I must take/pass a practical teaching evaluation. Each five years I must pass a re-certification class and exam. Between these requirements, I need to both keep fit and update training knowledge. We all can use polishing of our fitness routine in an ongoing basis. Examples of this polishing would be joining the new Yoga class during the recovery day from your workout or exercise class or preparing for a week of hiking the Grand Canyon.

I was pleased to see a few of our SilverSneakers® class members in the Wednesday Yoga Stretch class. That is a good “tactical” move to help reach your long term goal of fitness and health.

What are your goals?


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About Vic

As a retired Commercial/Missionary pilot and administrator, I started taking SilverSneakers® classes in 2007. Although I had kept up minimal jogging and biking, I had little lean body mass and extra fat, so I started lifting weights and joined a Group Power barbell class. Later I was challenged to use free weights for heavier lifting and body weight exercises for flexibility and functional fitness. The SilverSneakers® Coordinator asked if I would train to teach the class. Little did I realize that it would take almost a year, four classes, a practical evaluation, plus an on-line 100 question test, to complete the certification. I am still impressed with the research and years of practical experience that has gone into the SilverSneakers® model.
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One Response to Clear Goals Help an Exercise Program

  1. Peggy Doris says:

    My exercise goals are a desire to feel stronger and more energetic. I really have seen a big difference since I started Silver Sneakers. My next goal will be learning more about weight lifting. I hear it is really good for you!

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