If you want to reach your fitness destination looking good and feeling good, you must formulate a "SMART" plan, which should be based on facts that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. For example, expectations to lose 40 pounds in 60 days are unrealistic; a goal to look 25 when you're 60 is unattainable; and if you plan to achieve your goal but are unwilling to invest the energy into how to do it, you really have no plan at all because it's not specific and certainly not measurable.
Are we there yet?
If this kind of information leaves you feeling a little confused, consider acquiring a roadmap of sorts from a reliable source. Dietary plans and sound fitness advice will expedite the trip by rerouting you onto the expressway. There you'll experience the most efficient path and a more enjoyable ride.
Stuck at the side of the road?
Some may be facing even greater challenges for a variety of reasons. For instance, you may be discouraged because your fitness goals are too far away or you don't have the time, knowledge or energy to create the roadmap. If this describes you, consider hiring a certified personal trainer who has the ability and expertise to put you on a direct path to fitness.
Finally, remember that staying fit requires an ongoing commitment -- a lifestyle change. Everything worth having, whether it is a relaxing vacation or simply a long, healthy life, is always attached to a certain amount of responsibility. It's yours and yours alone and the choices you make can either transport you to a holiday of your dreams or leave you stranded along the side of the road.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified instructor/trainer since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to her at YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World," at www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.