How to Pick Your Fitness Goals 3

Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Mic in Female Fitness Resources

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Hi,

In the previous 2 posts on how to pick your fitness goals, we went from writing down what you want and why you want it.

Then we did some analysis to determine how to get what you want.

Once you know how to get it then you actually have to do it.

I recommended that you do it for 36 days.  For example, I mentioned that if you say you are going to do weight training 3 times per week then you would do this for 5 weeks + 1 day. 

This does two things.  It lets you analyze whether the weight training program is working for you.

The second is it instills a habit.

Now I know common wisdom is that it takes 21 days to establish a habit.  I never found that to hold for me.

And I couldn’t find any research supporting the 21 days.

I did find an interesting study about astronauts though.

This study was developed to help astronauts get oriented to being in a weightless environment.

Since the astronauts are upside down a lot in a weightless environment, the experiment was to wear glasses that inverted the images they saw. 

They had to keep these glasses on 24/7. 

Imagine you were looking through these glasses and everything was upside down.  That is what they had to go through.

Well, a funny thing happend to all the astronauts in the study.  On days 34-36 the images reinverted. 

So even though they were still wearing the glasses that inverted the images, the brain reinverted the images by the 36th day. 

So now the brain took the inverted image and made it the original image again. 

This is an actual physiological change. 

So putting my crazy brain to work, it just seemed to me that it would make sense that for a habit to take effect (an actual physiological change) it would take 36 days.

Now this is just my brain talking.  I have no proof of this and I know of no studies that have used this experiment and habits.

But, it makes sense to me. 

Anyhow, give it a try.

Write down what you want.  Write down why you want it.  Find the common elements in those things you want.

Take those things and figure out how to get them.  Write down your plan on how to get them.  Then do them.

Continue doing them for 36 days.  If it is working for you and it is helping your get what you want, then you now have a good habit.

If it is not working for you, you now know that and can try something else, or tweak your program a bit. 

This is one of the areas a coach can help you.  For example, if you are doing an exercise wrong, a coach can see this and help you correct it before you get hurt. 

One of my goals is to be able to offer a coaching program online.  It is something I am working on. 

So when you need help to pick your fitness goals, just stay tuned to this blog.

Thanks

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12 Comments on “How to Pick Your Fitness Goals 3”

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  2. Bailey Kolk

    I try again and again writing about this subject but I fail, I’m just blocked, from where do you get your insperation?

  3. Mic

    I read a lot. Then I take a part of whatever I am reading and just add my own thoughts. But, I have been in fitness since forever, so there is a lot of thoughts up there in the old brain!

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  10. Mic

    Hi Mariela, Thanks for your 2 cents. I know there are many things to add to this blog and a retweet button is one of them. Finding the time is my main problem. But, I will put this one at the top of the list. Thanks

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