When you workout as much as I do (which is not a ton) and talk about fitness as much as I do (my favorite subject), you realize that people who workout just for the sake of working out are few and far between. You will never hear me discourage anyone from working out and doing what works for them. But going to the gym to lift weights? Getting on a treadmill with no end in mind? And the step machine?! Hey, any activity is good and maybe you’re doing it because you just know you should… but I don’t think it’s sustainable.
I have this training philosophy: iCal iCan. If I put something meaningful on the calendar, I can accomplish it. No, four to five workouts on the calendar for three months straight doesn’t count. I mean you need to put an event on the calendar. “But Hans, I’m not a runner.” Fine. Then put together some kind of event together where you perform, where you complete, where you see if all your training and workouts have paid off. This may take some creative thinking and planning. I can help with that. But I believe having context to your training is essential for anyone to adhere to a routine.
As most of you know, I’ve been a runner for over seven years. Katie and I have made this a pretty big part of our lives. I’ve run multiple full and half marathons, and each time it was this date on the calendar that allowed me to stay motivated for months at a time in pursuit of this single goal. When you take this philosophy a step further, you realize that each workout has a purpose. Each workout has an objective that fits into the framework of your training plan and contributes to your body adjusting to different workloads so that you can cross that finish line as fast as possible. If this sounds too hardcore for you, I’m ok with that. But we all can understand that in anything we do, a goal plus a plan is a recipe for success. We work hard at work to get that next promotion. We study in school to finish a class, pass a test, or graduate with a degree. We do projects around the house with an end in mind – there’s a goal, so there’s a plan. Health and fitness are no different: iCal, iCan.