Time is one element of the process of planning. Having a deadline is a very limited point of view about time. Below is an alternative approach to use time in workout program design especially when it comes to fitness and aging.
Releasing The Past
We all have a history. The longer we live, there history we accumulate. Our past includes experiences that we are proud of as well as those experiences we could have done differently.
The first part of a planning process is to review the past to extract the benefits of our experience without falling into the emotional traps of “I wish…” or “I could have…”
We need to consider the past carefully to recognize the potential of our present moment and avoid making the same errors. We need to remember that neither our present potential nor our future possibilities are limited to our past experience.
Few take the time to plan their workouts and many of those begin under the planning under the chain of their past experience. You do need to consider the past but not limit your possibilities to your past experiences.
The Present Value
In designing an effective workout plan for those in their twenties or those who are looking to for fitness over the age of 40 or 50 always brings us to the present moment.
Usually but not always with age comes experience. Using your experience could make your workouts more effective regardless of diminishing resources that may accompany aging.
As the man said, “It is not the size of the tool but the knowledge of how to use it.”
As long as we have the strength to look at the past and mange possible regrets and look into the future with hope and not fear, we can benefit from the present moment.
Every future accomplishment has its seed in the present moment. Every resource you need to reach your future goals must be accessed in the present moment and every stumbling block you have exists now.
In the present moment you need to answer four questions to design an effective workout plan for you.
- What strengths to you have?
- What weaknesses you posses?
- What are the opportunities available to you?
- What are the threats to your progress?
The process of asking and answering these questions by itself expands your awareness and brings you in tune with the planning process most neglect.
The answers help you chart steps around or over challenges using resources you may not have considered and define an organized approach to reach your goal.
This process will help you incorporate physical workouts into your lifestyle. Without your ability to see the connection between physical exercises and your daily life, the knowledge of exercise form or workout routines will not help.
Increased appreciation and awareness of the present moment is a fundamental part of planning your workouts.
Shaping A Different Future
Your past actions and present actions clearly define a future. Shaping a future is not the objective. Shaping a different future is a challenge.
Without planning, your future looks more or less the same as the past and present. With planning you could shape a different future. Workout planning is a way to select your exercises, your motions and their results.
To shape a different future, in addition to releasing the past, you also need to let go of your concerns about the future to fully immerse in the actions of the present moment which will shape the future as an outcome.