Whether you dream of climbing Mount Everest, running a 5K race or hiking 30 miles in one day, achieving a goal, no matter how large or small, is a rewarding experience. In terms of fitness, goals push us through tough times, both mentally and physically, and keep us going when it looks like the finish line is just a mirage.
As Charter Fitness employees Dan and Roger continue preparing for the Ultimate Hike on October, 20, we are continuing to keep track of how they are training for this event, and how you can apply their experience to your own fitness routine even if you don’t plan on hiking 30 miles in October… or ever.
Here’s what they had to say about setting and achieving goals.
Why is it important to set goals when training?
Dan: When you are in the middle of a 7 mile run, you certainly need a good reason to keep going. Goals push you and give you something to strive for. Most importantly, when you meet them, you benefit (physically and mentally) more than can be measured.
Roger: If you are goal setting properly, a long-term goal should not be easily obtainable. That being said, short-term goals are crucial for keeping you engaged and from becoming frustrated throughout your fitness journey. This allows you to stay positive as you strive for your ultimate goal.
What short- and long-term goals have you set for training?
Dan: My short-term goal is to continue to progress each day by getting to the gym and making healthy food choices. My long-term goals include continuing to live a healthy lifestyle, lose some more excess fat, and making the Ultimate Hike a positive day to really remember.
Roger: My short-term goal is to make sure the 30-mile hike feels like a piece of cake – I have some work to do! My long-term goal is open ended. I never want to let myself get out of shape – no matter what age or how busy my life becomes.
How do you reward yourself when you achieve a goal?
Dan: There is a certain confidence and satisfaction that comes with a great workout, especially when you exceed a goal. In terms of material things, I have had to throw away half of my clothes, so getting shiny new gear is always nice. And once a week I have a cheat meal, pizza and ice cream usually!
Roger: I reward myself with two cheat meals per week. One I refer to as a clean cheat. This is typically whole wheat pasta and bread. The second cheat is “No Holds Barred”-everything is fair game!!!
To support Dan and Roger’s efforts, please visit the Charter Fitness Cares Ulimate Hike webpage.
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