Friday, June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015

Jennifer Van Allen:  Not All Fitness Goals Are Created Equal. 

Choose the Right Ones


Rating:  ****



This article was very informative and provided relevant information.  Not only does this article explain how fitness goals can be a negative aspect to your physical training, but it also explains how to set realistic goals for yourself.  The author provides seven steps to avoid choosing bad fitness goals that could put you at risk of injury and burnout.


In this article, Jennifer Van Allen explains her seven steps to choosing fitness goals.  She uses the acronym, “SMART” to convey the concept that effective goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely.  She states that you should focus on small but important factors like hydration and pacing to reach your goal and not only your personal best.  She encourages you to pay attention to your body and know which pains to work through and which pains need to be taken care of to avoid chronic pain and injury.  Her advice is not to compare yourself to others and especially not to yourself.  She states that it is impossible to reach your personal best every time and to not be discouraged when you do not.  Not all goals have to be tied to races and exercising should be fun.


I enjoyed this article because it was well written and very helpful and concise.  The author brought up points that I had never thought of before and I will apply these to my fitness goals.  I would recommend this article to anyone who has or is setting fitness goals. In fact, this site also provides many other interesting articles that may be relevant to your outdoor activites.




Outside Live Bravely. Jennifer Van Allen.  December 16, 2014.
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Spencer Knowles

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