At Home Workout Objectives
Workout routines at home serve two basic goals:
1- Help reach a fitness goal
2- Help retain results after success is reached
These two goals often require completely different approaches. Which approach you take determines the kind of success you have.
Common Workout Challenges
Consider some very common experiences.
1- Do you know of anyone who can lose weight but is unable to keep it off?
2- Is it possible to build muscle mass and lose it?
3- Are there people who recover from back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain or injury only to have them return?
The answer to all three questions is yes.
Statistical data shows that most people who lose weight, gain muscle mass and recover from injury are not able to retain their success.
Statistical data supports the fact that retaining results in other parts of life from staying healthy, to remaining married and keeping wealth is much more challenging than becoming healthy, getting married and making money.
When the odds are against retaining results, it becomes critical to focus on what helps you retain success as part of your planning process in the beginning.
Original Workout Plan Intention
The original intent in most aspect of life determines both the steps you choose to reach your goal and how long your can retain your success.
Unfortunately, fundamental discussions about goal setting and planning are sacrificed especially in physical aspects of health for the sake of quick starts. Even within goal setting and planning the requirement for retaining results is not even considered.
Workout routines at home may help you reach a fitness goal. However, the structure of most of these plans in themselves cause the inability to retain results.
Think about this once more.
If workout to lose weight was sufficient, then those who lose weight would never gain it back. If the process of building muscle were enough, those who build muscle would not lose it. And if rehabilitating a chronic pain were adequate, those who recover from a chronic injury would never suffer from it again.
Your own observations and experience would support the statistical data that keeping results is very different than getting results.
Is retaining workout results important to you?
If so, the steps you follow is likely to be different than that what most people take since statically speaking most people are unable to retain results.
When others jump the gun and begin their workout without a specific goal and a plan, you need to be fully aware of your goal, your expressed and implied personal values and take time to organize your unique needs and challenges in the beginning of your workout plan.
Organizing Your Approach To Workout
An organized way to complete this process is in the following steps.
1- Vision Quest
2- SWOT analysis
3- A Written Workout Plan
We’ll discuss each of these through the process of planning your workouts at home.
These three steps in the order I have listed is unusual for many who are asking the usual workout related questions listed below:
1- What is the best way to do cardio exercises at home?
2- What are top ab workouts I can do at home?
3- What are the best fat burning exercises?
Successful Workout Mindset
All questions reflect a specific mindset. Most questions in regards to workout are aimed to begin an action plan and not to retain success.
The mindset to begin an action without giving any thought to retention of success by itself increases the chance of losing results even if you can reach them.
Many who reach goals and are unable to maintain their hard earned results fail because of their beginning mindset. They try again without changing their mindset. With the same mindset, outcomes remain the same, each new attempt becomes more challenging, and each success becomes harder to gain
For those who are interested to retain results long after they reach success, a shift in focus is essential, and it begins with asking different types of questions and searching for different kinds of instructions.
The First Question You Should Ask Before You Start Your Workout
Shifting focus to finding answers to the following question is perhaps the most effective step we can take to help successful planning.
How can I retain success in …?
You can finish that question in any area of life.
Notice how this question is not about working out at home or even workout. That is the beauty of these types of questions.
These questions focus your attention on finding solutions and systems with multiple applications. The alternatives questions and searches for a to-do list for example cardio workouts, weight loss workouts and body part workouts like abs, arms, and legs have very limited benefits and even less longevity.
The answers to questions with larger implications help you see connections between parts of life and continuity in life. They help you take what you learn from one life lesson and apply it to another.
When you know how to retain fitness successfully, you would also know how to workout at home, at work and during travel. Abs, core, leg muscles, cardio, flexibility, and strength are part of that global view of fitness.
And, this is a big one.
The process of retaining success in one area of life has many similarities to maintaining success in other areas of life.