Im sure youve heard the saying fail to plan, plan to fail. I know Ive heard it more than enough and Im not a fan of it. Some people fail to plan because they dont know how to do so, and this is especially true when it comes to a complete fitness program. It doesnt mean their intentions are to fail. They probably didnt know where to begin and out of frustration they gave up.

If youre having trouble putting it all together please pay attention. Im going to show you the steps to creating a plan that will put you on the path to making this years resolution(s) a reality. This is just a general plan. Well get into the specifics throughout other posts.

Step 1: Examine your goals. Are they written down as SMART goals? Have you gone through the Why, Why, What If? exercise? If the answer to either is No then complete this important first step before proceeding.

Step 2: Analyze your addictions and obstacles. Before you can complete your resolution plan of attack you need to have a solid plan for working around, including, or eliminating/overcoming your obstacles and/or addictions. This may require you seeking professional assistance.

Step 3: Take an honest look at yourself. I dont mean just your physical reflection from the mirror. That should have been done when creating your goals. Im talking about your personality, your likes and dislikes, especially exercise and food preferences. Look closely at your schedule, commitments, habits and normal routine.

Step 4: Take into consideration everything youve uncovered and learned from the first 3 steps and start to write down a general plan. Now is not the time to worry about the specifics like exercise variables, macro nutrient profiles, equipment brands, club memberships, blah, blah, blah. Using a calendar or referring to your planner can be helpful. You want to determine the type of exercise that would be best suited for you based on your goals and your preferences.
Would it be best to join a gym or work out at home? Exercise alone or with a partner, or with a group? What time of day?
Will you prepare your own food or use a service? Can you cook? Do you have the knowledge to set up your own life long diet by yourself?
Other important considerations are your level of enthusiasm, your current fitness level and your exercise expertise. Once again, you may want to consider getting some assistance from a professional.

Also write down how much time you can seriously devote to an exercise program- how many minutes per day? How many days a week? Did you include the necessary changes for food preparation since the drive-thru is no longer part of your plan? Factor in your budget too.

Now after writing down this general plan you will have a good idea of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how often it needs to be done. Then you can start to think about the how it needs to be done(the detailed specifics.)

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