Set fitness goals not weight goals
Over the Christmas period we tried to stop people fixating on the scales and focus on fitness, we've been checking out what everyone's New Year resolutions are for 2013 and it's surprising how many people still set their sights on weight loss goals rather than fitness goals.
Many of us have what we would call our 'ideal weight' - a weight at which we feel we would be healthiest and, to some extent, happiest. What is curious, however, is where this number originates from. For a start, the majority of 'ideal weights' happen to be round numbers - denominations of 10 if you measure in lbs or kg or whole/half stone if you're an imperial measurer.
So where do we pluck this 'ideal weight' idea from?
For certain athletes, this weight is determined by their sport - jockeys, boxers and weightlifters are all athletes whose performance or class category is dependent on their weight. So for these sports men and women, the 'ideal weight' could be labelled 'ideal sporting weight'.
But what about those of us who are not training in weight-specific sports, merely trying to get fit and live a healthy lifestyle - where do we derive our 'ideal weight'? As a rule of thumb, the average person's 'ideal weight' can be derived from this formula:
X = current weight/height (cm) x 1/10 weight of favourite celebrity x 100
Ok so the maths may be slightly off - but you get the idea!
Other sources of 'ideal weight' are found in scales such as the BMI scale which assigns a healthy weight bracket for each height category. These scales are not perfect but give a rough estimate of an average person's 'ideal weight'.
Why should you set fitness goals rather than weight goals?
Fitness goals have fewer limitations - there are 3 things your weight can do; go up, go down or stay the same. There are hundreds of things your fitness can do - you can be faster, more flexible, stronger, more agile, improve your endurance - and within each of these you have sub-categories of areas to improve.
Fitness is sociable - ever asked someone to join you on a diet? Not all that appealing. Ever asked someone to come to a fitness class, sign up for an event or just go to play basketball at the park? Much more appealing!
Fitness goals can always get bigger - what happens when you reach your 'ideal weight'? Compare that to what happens once you've reached a new Personal Best at your sport - you can always improve a personal best in fitness or push yourself on to a bigger goal, that's what makes fitness so addictive!
- Exercise releases endorphines which are awesome!
Share your fitness goals here and make them happen!!
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