Fitmark Ambassador Sunny Norwood Buck explains how priorities in a fit life are imperative in helping you reach your goals
If you workout and do not have priorities, you may be selling yourself short.
Priorities should guide you in goal making. Goal making should guide you in hunting for options. Those options feed into decision making. It may seem like too complex of a process to apply to workouts, but putting in that bit of effort may mean having inherent motivation in your workout vs having to create a false and less than stellar reason to workout.
Priorities can be anything from health to work/life balance. They are priorities because one must come before another. Have you ever seen a person who programs their workout with no priority? Let me rephrase – have you ever seen a person who programs their workout with everything as a priority? They want to be healthy, look good, have time for everything under the sun, lift like an Olympian, run like a marathoner, beat GSP in an MMA fight,and be able to make it as a professional athlete. Hold on tiger. Prioritize – make one thing mean more than another.
Why is that important? At some point in your workout program, the way to meet the goals based off those priorities will begin to butt heads. What you need to do to become a professional athlete begins to exceed what you need to maintain health. What you need to do to run an ultra-marathon will be counterproductive to programming for heavy lifting. If you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle and decide to change it so you can play with your kids, mimicking the workout of someone trying to get a 48” vertical leap may be unnecessary. Realign your workout with your priorities. Get that extra time back to spend with your kids. If you want to be a professional athlete, come to grips with the fact you’ll be in the gym more and you may need to drop some activities to make room in your schedule.
When you make your priorities a part of your workout, motivation is just a thought away. When you lose sight of your priorities, you run the risk of straying off course. Set your priorities, set your goals, and go forth and conquer.
Sunny Norwood Buck
Fitmark Ambassador 2013