A.: Chunking them down.
Have you ever had a personal training or fitness goal that you were excited about … but once you got started, you became overwhelmed and dropped it? Well, there’s an easy solution: chunk it down!
This happened to my wife, Nina. She got a bee in her bonnet about running 5K races. She signed up for a handful of races, bought a new pair of running shoes, and dutifully made her way to the gym on a regular basis. But after a while, she lost interest. As she tells it, “I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and became bored after about 3.5. I had a great playlist, but my mind kept asking, ‘Are we done yet?’ So instead of the run being fun, it became more an endurance test of will.”
I told her what I suggested to you: that she “chunk down” her personal fitness goal.
Why does that work?
“Chunking down” involves breaking down a large project into component parts. When we focus only on the next incremental goal we can go much longer than when our whole focus is on the challenges of the larger goal far in the distance.
- If you want to do planks for 1.5 minutes at a stretch, consider counting off in 15-second intervals. You can make it to the next 15 seconds. And the next.
- Marathoners often don’t think of running a marathon; they think of running 1 mile … 26 times.
- Instead of bench pressing for 3 sets of 15 reps, count off 5 reps at a time.
By breaking down your goal into manageable chunks, you’re able to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from reaching the mini-goals. And that can fuel the fire to get you to the next mini-goal … and ultimately to the larger goal.
So the next time you’re tempted to avoid the gym because it all seems too overwhelming, think about chunking down your personal fitness goals. When you can see yourself accomplishing the individual steps, you’re more likely to reach your targets and enjoy the process of getting there.
If you’d like to get started with a personal fitness trainer to help you meet your fitness goals, contact us at Joe Carr Personal Training!