I don't feel there is enough focus on habits, in the world of fitness. What is a habit?
- an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary:
the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.
Now. One of the most talked about, overused terms in fitness is motivation. Which is great, but motivation doesn't always get us to the gym. It doesn't always help us avoid a bag of chips or a large pizza. It is my belief, that having the discipline to stick to and develop habits, that will benefit us in the long term. Habits are long term, motivation is short term. Habits, and discipline, are what bring us to exercise on our worst days. Days when we absolutely do not want to workout. Days when we get invited to do something else. Days when it's too cold out to leave the house. Habit will get you out of the house.
That being said, my goal with Challenges is to develop habits. I want to develop and focus on one habit pertaining to nutrition, and one to exercise each month. The habits I want to work on are going to be simple, but very effective.
To make this group more worth while, I wanted more than just a couple Challenges a month. So I want to also track and incorporate periodization into your workouts. This will not just apply to weight lifters and athletes, but to runners and hobbyists as well. Periodization is defined as the “long-term cyclic structuring of training and practice to maximize performance to coincide with important competitions.”
A forum for questions, discussions, encouragement, sharing, and tracking. I will be able to answer questions, and I will be sharing short videos demonstrating exercises, stretches, and also on how to use things like the foam roller and other useful tools.
I am sure Challenges will be a great tool for everybody from professional Mixed Martial Artists to hobbyists trying to get fit. I want to help as many people as possible reach their goals, get healthy, and enjoy life.
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