I thought that I would address concerns about setting goals and objectives within the fitness domain.
While exercise in Lebanon tends to have a rep as being purely a vanity thing, I thought that addressing the goal-setting part of fitness, you can start to see it as more nuanced and varied.
My belief is that weight-lifting provides numerous health benefits that extend beyond vanity, and I have previously written about exercise can treat lifestyle related disease in this article.
The video that I posted highlights the different types of fitness goals that you can visualise and work towards. The goals can both be long-term and short-term, with a more long-term goal being number 4 on the list and a short-term goal number 2.
Regardless of the duration of the goal, understanding the subjective nature of this process can hopefully redirect any sentiment of fitness as a self-serving and one-size-fits-all equation into understanding its more pro-social and rewarding elements.
Fitness Goals Can Include:
1) Physique Related Goal (ie: I want a big butt/visible abs)
2) Fat Loss (ie: Lose 2% Body Fat in 2 months)
3) Gain Muscle (ie: I want to gain 3 kg of muscle in 1 year)
4) Live a Healthy Lifestyle (ie: be a good role-model/feel happy/reduce stress)
The Importance of Visualisation
In the video, I also speak about how important visualisation is in the process and provide methods to visualise the goals that I mentioned above. These methods include journalling and the use of visualisation through positive association to an emotion (choosing a feeling and tying it to your goal).
I personally take a few minutes day to visualize whatever fitness goal I am working towards, and I do not shy away from being as descriptive as possible while doing so, this helps me have a frame of reference while I do my training and eating.
I wish you the best on your fitness journey. Comment below to share your thoughts on this blog post.