‘Being Skinny by Christmas’, ‘To look good Naked’, or ‘To be able to wear trousers again’ – are all goals my clients have and they are brilliant goals.
In week 1 this stuff works because you’re super motivated, you’ve decided this is it no excuses, you’ve all signed up to various trainers, classes and online courses, you’ve bought a fit bit, set yourself targets and you’re ready to go.
But then ‘life’ happens – you get a cold, work late, it’s raining, your children don’t sleep, you can’t find your bike lights. So you miss a session, then two days, then it’s the weekend and you’ll start again next week – but you don’t. And that’s it, THE END of your latest fitness project and all the new kit is thrown back in the cupboard.
The problem – The plan was all or nothing and therefore deemed to failure as unfortunately we don’t live in the highly focussed world of high performance athletes who can make these commitments. We have responsibilities and life happens to us and we need to be able to have flexibility in our plan.
The Solution – Anything is better than nothing – this is key. Health and wellbeing is not all or nothing. So one pelvic floor contraction is better than none, 10 minutes of running is better than none, a 5 minute read is better than checking your emails for the tenth time. But this is tough for so many who struggle at not being the best and brilliant at everything – they’d rather not bother and wait until they can do it ‘right’ – which is unlikely to ever happen.
The point that I’m getting at is that although these headline goals are brilliant to get us started and stick on the fridge – they’re no good for everyday motivation. Which is why I get my clients to set low bar goals which are levels they will never go below.
So regardless of what life throws their way they know they can always achieve their low bar goal – it’s not Plan A and won’t make you skinny by Christmas, but it keeps you ticking over and on track until you can pick it up again.
I honestly don’t care what the low bar is – I just want to keep my clients going and not feeling like failures when they don’t hit targets because they’ve had 4 hours sleep and been up all night with a tearful toddler. Examples of low goals are:
- Walking 3,000 steps in a day – never any less
- Doing 10 pelvic floor contractions
- Having a nutribullet
These are goals that my clients 100% know they can do whatever happens in their world – and I find them key to getting people to stick with an exercise plan, even if that’s low bar goal is horizontal running!
I work with women to help them get back control of their health and fitness with my Strong to the Core programme – please do get in contact with any questions at Baz@bazmoffat.com