Sunday, April 5, 2009

How to Turn a Training Plan into a Training Habit

Let's face it, we are all busy. Busy raising a family. Busy trying to find a job. Busy trying to keep a job. With all the distractions it is not to shocking to hear that people are unable to keep up with a consistent training plan. I am certainly one of those people. I end up making a new training plan every month because I find by the end of the previous month I just haven't been able to keep up.

Well, over the past few weeks I've come up with a new focus. Based on some of the things that I have been going through, I think it is important to set goals, but not to set them too high. This probably isn't the first time you've heard this, but I am guilty of setting a huge goal that I end up missing and then my entire plan falls apart. It is okay to set a goal a bit lower than what you know you can hit. Just hit that first goal and then reset to your new goal once you've completed it!

Now, in order to make your training plan into a training habit you need to keep the goals within reach. These can be daily or weekly goals. If you set your goals to far out in the future it is easy to get off track. Instead, if you have a goal race that is 3 months away, set a series of 12 goals to hit along the way. This way, the actual training plan will turn into something that you keep up with daily and weekly and by the time you reach your training goal, you just might have created a training habit!


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