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Exercise for Physical Success

The smartest thing you can do to achieve Physical Success is decide to add a little motion to your day. Joan Welsh said, “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time—pills or stairs.”  If you ride the elevator at work then take the stairs. Start slow and only take the stairs down at the end of the day. Your quality of life will increase by the little habits you create.

Just Move

The key is to just move. Walk. Take a stroll. Plant some flowers. Jog if you can and like to. Ride a bike. Go to the gym. Hit the treadmill. Climb the hill behind your house if that is your thing. Climb the cliff behind your house if that is what you are in to. Swim across the river. Do CrossFit. Maybe you are even capable of completing SEALFIT. It really doesn’t matter what you do. It just matters that you do something physical.

Write down on a piece of paper a physical activity you would like to add to your day—or week. Is what you wrote down SMART? Is it Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound? Let’s say you are 30 and haven’t jogged since junior high school gym class and you wrote down as your goal for physical activity to start jogging several miles a week. Only you can answer whether or not this goal is SMART for you but there is a likely answer. Probably not.

Maybe you are a fitness enthusiast and you think you have all the Physical Success you will ever need.  Never underestimate your ability to improve.

Accidentally Fit by Doing What You Like

David Walters said, “An hour of basketball feels like fifteen minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.”  One reason why many people are inconsistent in their exercise is they set goals to do things they get no enjoyment out of. Not everyone has to become an elite athlete in order to achieve Physical Success. Actually no one has to become an elite athlete to achieve Physical Success. Physical Success is achieved by reaching thresholds that increase your quality of living. There is no better way to develop good habits in exercise than to find something you like to do and simply do it. You will find that it is easy to become accidentally fit.

If a person determines simply to walk each day we know there are a whole list of good things that happen in their brain and body. Just being in the fresh air makes a difference. A Danish proverb says, “Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.”

What Do You Need to Be or Do?

The easiest way to discover how you need to exercise is to determine what it is you need to be or do. Do you need to be a: Navy SEAL; Russian ballerina; Little League coach; pick up basketball player; or new mother? Do you need to: Lose a few pounds; gain a few pounds; reduce stress; reduce cholesterol; or walk down the isle at your great granddaughter’s wedding?

Determining where you need to be and what you need to do will help you set a SMART goal for achieving your Physical Success. Remember your goal needs to be both Relevant and Attainable in order for it is to SMART.

Get Coached

This goes for all your success. Never go it alone. Get a coach, a mentor, a motivator, a partner, anyone who you can work with to help you achieve your goal. When you partner with someone you increase your chances for success.

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