Do you plan on setting 2008 measurable fitness goals? I did last year and have failed to achieve many of them. But I had fun trying and I will definitely set new goals for 2008. These goals will more than likely be different than the ones I set for 2007 based lessons I learned in chasing my 2007 goals.
Why don’t you join me for 2008? I’ll help you by giving you some structure. Read on and I’ll describe the seven attributes of functional fitness you can use in defining your 2008 measurable fitness goals.
Let’s start with some definitions.
What are measurable fitness goals? Measurable is the adjective for measure, which is “to estimate or appraise by a criterion”. Fitness is “the quality or state of being fit”. So what does fit mean? As an adjective, fit is defined as “sound physically and mentally”. What about goals? A goal is “the end toward which effort is directed”.
Had enough yet?
I have – so let’s wrap this up with a working definition of measurable fitness goals. Measurable fitness goals are “sound physical and mental ends (achievements) towards which effort is directed that can be estimated or appraised by criteria.” What criteria? That which you choose for yourself based how important various attributes of fitness are for you.
So what are attributes of fitness?
Depends on whom you ask.
An excellent discussion of what is fitness and who is fit was a feature article in the October 2002 CrossFit Journal, which can be viewed at http://www.crossfit.com/cf-download/CFJ-trial.pdf.
For this article, I will use the following seven attributes of functional fitness described by John E. Peterson in his book Pushing Yourself to Poweras they are easier for me to work with and incorporate in this article. These seven distinct and separate fitness attributes are as follows:
Let’s quickly discuss each of these attributes a little more.
Strength is the quality or state of having great physical power.
How do you measure strength? If you are into power lifting, you may measure it by how much you can bench press, squat or deadlift for a single rep.
Flexibility is the quality characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different or changing physical requirements such as bending, reaching or twisting.
How do you measure flexibility? If you train in the martial arts, you may measure it by your ability to perform the splits or certain high kicks with proficiency.
Endurance is the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity, such as a marathon runner’s endurance. Endurance allows your energy to last over a long period of time, and you call upon it continuously.
How do you measure endurance? If you are a runner, you may measure it by the distance you can run for a fixed time period, for example one hour.
Speed is the act or state of moving swiftly. This attribute enables you to perform rapid body movements and to the best of your abilities under pressure.
How do you measure speed? If you are a football player, you may measure it by the time it takes you to sprint 40 meters.
Balance is, simply stated, physical equilibrium. Balance is crucial to every fitness and sporting activity as well as day-to-day living such as walking down an icy street on a windy day in the middle of a winter storm.
How do you measure balance? If you train in yoga, you may measure it by how long you can maintain good form in various one-legged yoga asana.
Coordination is the harmonious functioning of (bodily) parts for effective results. Without it, strength, flexibility, endurance, speed and balance are useless.
How do you measure coordination? If you are a dancer, you may measure it by the grace with which you perform a pre-arranged, difficult dance routine.
Aesthetics is a particular taste for or approach to what is pleasing to the senses and especially sight. Aesthetics refers to how your body looks and how you feel about the way it looks.
How do you measure aesthetics? If you are a guy, you may measure it by the size and shape of your chest and arms. If you are a lady . . . I’ll let you answer that one for yourselves.
Here is a thread that was started last year around this time at DiscussFitness about 2007 Measurable Fitness Goals:
Many DiscussFitness members went out on a limb and publicly announced their fitness goals, including yours truly. Reading these goals will give you some ideas and suggestions about 2008 measurable fitness goals that you may want to establish for yourself.
Are you ready?
Are you ready to put your fitness pencil to the paper and set some measurable 2008 fitness goals for you? I hope so. We will start a new topic thread at DiscussFitness where you can post them so that you are ready to go come January 1st.
One thing is for sure: if you post your goals, you’ll have alot of DiscussFitness brothers and sisters reading them and offering you counsel and encouragement as you chase your fitness dreams. I’ll be looking for them so post up soon.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!