I think we can all agree: perfection doesn’t exist. So why do we labor to try to achieve it, especially when it comes to our bodies? Look no further than how women are represented in the media and what's been sold as the beauty ideal. But improving your physical fitness doesn’t mean fitting into a particular dress size, but rather focusing on making small, consistent achievements to reach your overall fitness goal while defining what success looks like for you.
Setting perfection as your standard is guaranteed to result in disappointment and frustration. You can become so disappointed in yourself that you aren't able to recognize the progress you are making along the way. Don't focus on the one day you missed your workout: instead, congratulate yourself on the 12 days you did complete your workouts. Do you feel stronger? Can you breathe easier? Celebrate!
It's About Progress, Not Perfection
Fitness is a journey – a key factor to improving your overall fitness is consistency. Fitness cannot improve with one workout: it improves with regular workouts that gradually improve your feeling of well-being and fitness metrics such as distance and endurance.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
If you're working toward a tangible goal, then define what fitness success means to you – your fitness goals, the steps needed to achieve your goal and what you will do if you miss a workout. For example, if your goal is to run a 5K in seven weeks. here are some steps to follow:
- Set up a seven-week training schedule, including what your workout is for each day of the week
- Track your progress, such as on a calendar or a workout app
- Be realistic about your personal and work schedule and availability
- Plan for days that don't go as planned, such as a missed workout
- Identify how you will reward yourself for achieving your goal
“You may not be there yet, but you're closer today than you were yesterday."
Fast fitness fixes typically don't work or last. Slow, consistent progress is more likely to achieve lasting results. In fact, experts say it takes 21 to 60 days to develop a new habit and make it stick.
"Slow and steady wins the race."
To achieve your fitness goals and get results that last, embrace yourself and strive for progress, not perfection.
"Perfection is the enemy of progress."
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