FITNESS GOAL MISTAKES TO AVOID Set the Right Goals This New Year
single player is more special than another. Every position is important. So much of what Kyle has learned on the field will be the foundation for his future, once he steps off the gridiron for the final time. Watching Kyle grow and become brothers with his teammates makes me proud of him and reinforces my decision to “let” him play football all those years ago. This year, my family was able to spend Christmas in New York City and see Kyle in action as the Badgers played (and WON!) in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. (Photo Below) 3. SETTING UNREALISTIC GOALS Challenging yourself is one thing; setting yourself up for failure is another. If you spent three years putting on weight, it’s not going to come off in three weeks. If you’re juggling a 50-hour work week with a family and chores, you’re probably kidding yourself by swearing to hit the gym every night after work for an hour. If you’re a 2. LOSING A LARGE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT Losing lots of weight is fine as a long-term goal, but it will take a while. To prevent feelings of discouragement and failure, it’s best to create smaller milestones to hit along the way. Decide what you can realistically achieve during a manageable period of time — perhaps 3–6 months — and make that your first goal. While the scale is a handy tool to evaluate your progress, don’t rely on these numbers alone. Use multiple techniques, such as progress photos, measurements, and the way your clothes fit.
No matter where life takes my son after his football playing days are over, I know we made the right decision. Sports change people for the better — and not just players, but families too. hardgainer, trying to look like Arnold will be an exercise in futility. Don’t be afraid to push yourself, but set goals you stand a chance of achieving. Once you hit those successfully, set some new ones! 4. LETTING INSTAGRAM INFLUENCE YOUR GOALS Your favorite fitness Instagrammers may look like gods and goddesses online, but keep in mind that they’re only showing you their best selves on their best days with the best angles and lighting. Instead of trying to be someone else, focus on yourself! Just because they’re hitting PRs or rocking bikinis or eating a vegan diet doesn’t mean you have to. Decide what you really care about, then choose goals that will make your life better every day — even when the camera isn’t around. Don’t wait to get started. Decide what you want to achieve, make a plan now, and set yourself up for success!
Choosing the right goal is perhaps the most important part of achievement. Be brave and challenge yourself this year, but increase your chances of success by avoiding these four common pitfalls. 1. GETTING ‘TONED,’ ‘BUFF,’ OR ‘IN SHAPE’ Do yourself a favor and delete vague fitness terms like these from your vocabulary; they don’t mean anything, and there’s no way to achieve them without a concrete definition. For instance, once you understand that “toned” really means “lean and muscular,” you can create a workout plan that helps you shed fat and reveal muscle. And “in shape” can have different meanings depending on your current fitness level. To you, does it mean completing a difficult WOD, losing weight, or reducing your blood pressure? Be as specific as possible when creating your goal.
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From a Football Mother’s Eyes … By Teri Penniston
I’m a football mom. 15 years ago, my son, Kyle, begged me to let him sign up for tackle football when he was just 7 years old. Today, Kyle is in his third year of playing Division 1 football at the University of Wisconsin. I have seen so much good during my son’s football playing years. I’ve watched Kyle go from being a shy kid to being an outgoing and confident young man. His GPA improved, and his life changed, as he felt he truly belonged to an organization in which there is no “I” in team. Football turns boys into men. In my view, football contributes to the forging of caring, thoughtful, confident, and most importantly, selfless young men. No
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