THE END GAME
NOW’S THE TIME TO GET IN SHAPE, BY SETTING ACHIEVABLE WINTER GOALS.
Now’s the time to get in shape by setting yourself some achievable goals for winter.
Just because the sun’s taken off on a northern hemisphere sojourn doesn’t mean your ftness routine should be placed in the shade. The mornings are colder and the temptation to stay under the doona is tenfold – but now’s the best time to lock down a routine, do the hard yards through winter and reap the rewards come summer. And one of the best ways to make sure general ftness and health doesn’t slide is to set yourself goals. But don’t just take our word for it. “A few people out there can train day-in day-out, no problem, but for most of us we need goals – however big or small – to keep motivated,” says Scott Gooding, a personal trainer based in Bondi Beach. “There are so many fantastic events throughout the year, and there’s something for everyone. Take a pick from marathons, sprint triathlons, Tough Mudders. Having a goal is paramount to adherence to training.” Gooding goes on to say that goal setting needs to be both attainable and challenging. It’s a point reiterated by former NRL player and co-founder of the global beast that is F45 Training, Dan Conn.
“It’s simple, goals give structure. And if you keep that structure then you will be less likely to stray from the path.” While eyes on the long game are a strong starting point, Conn says it’s then about breaking down preparation into smaller, attainable objectives. “I use two-week blocks to target a specifc aspect of training – it might be two weeks heavy training, two weeks on muscle growth and then a fortnight’s metabolic conditioning. That’s a six-week slog in total.” Ultimately, make sure you wear winter the way you want to – cooler weather is only an excuse should you make it that. n
“FOR MOST OF US, WE NEED GOALS TO KEEP MOTIVATED.”
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