I just learned a lesson in fitness goal setting.
For some reason I had forgotten how important it’s to track your progress toward your goal – and got reminded of it this week.
Like some of you may know, last October I set myself a goal of being able to do 10 consecutive military push ups by 31st May, 2012. I even had a plan on what I was going to do to reach my goal, but for some reason I forgot it’s equally important to track your progress toward the goal. (A really basic mistake!).
Because I had a rough few months at the end of the year, I had basically let my goal slide. – I did make several attempts to start training for the push ups last fall but I never seemed to get my act together. I think part of the problem was that I hated admitting I wasn’t doing very well, so every time I thought about having to do my push ups I just felt reluctant and a bit disgusted at myself.
Why It’s Important To Track Your Progress?
Luckily I didn’t give up on my goal and finally I decided to get my act together again. I did some thinking and came to the conclusion that the other part of the problem is that I wasn’t very motivated because I wasn’t seeing any progress. What is even worse, I feel ridiculous I’m still doing wall push ups (even though there’s a reason why I’m being so careful.)
I solved my problem simply by starting to count my reps and sets (I’m doing staggered sets like Marion suggested) and lo and behold: a week ago I was doing 13 repetitions per set, and today I’m able to do 20 repetitions per set. I AM actually getting better even though I’m nowhere near knee push ups!
So the answer to the question why it’s so important to track your progress is that if you’re flying blind, it’s difficult to know if you’re making progress or not. Tracking your goals is a way to keep yourself motivated. That is actually one reason pedometer walking is such an effective way to increase your physical activity – it offers a simple way to track your daily activity level.
Talk about re-learning old lessons! 🙂
Do you have a system in place for tracking your fitness goals?