Inline Skating Goals for 2013
By. Kevin Larive
Most people make resolutions for the New Year and I would venture to guess over half of those resolutions get broken well before the year ends. One resolution that should be easily attainable for the year would be to start using inline skating as a workout mode. Not only is it fun, but it’s not as stressing as other modes of working out. Most people that set fitness as a resolution feel that means they need to sign up for the gym and start running on the treadmill, which is about zero fun after a while. Before taking on inline skating as your fitness goal for 2013 sit down and make a list of what you want to accomplish with your inline skates. Here are my five favorite tips for creating a smart and fun fitness plan that will be easily attainable.
1. Set Goals that you can Measure
When you set a goal that you can actually track and measure it gives you a way to keep track of your progress. I don’t know about you but when I set goals if I can actually see that it’s working I am more inclined to push through any pain and suffering and hassle of working out and keep plugging away. Write down your goals and keep tracking with a daily journal and measure such things as distance, heart rate and weight loss. There are many tools out there that will allow you to keep track of these goals.
2. Set Specific Goals
Don’t set a vague goal like “I want to lose weight.” Be more specific, and set a goal of losing 30 pounds or whatever amount you feel you ultimately need/want to lose. When trying to come up with specific goals seek out assistance from an experienced skater or coach. Trust me, seeking out a more advanced inline skating person will be worth it.
3. Be Realistic with your Goals
Set goals that are realistic. Don’t set a goal of skating 10 miles a day by the end of week one of training, or I want to lose 50 pounds if you don’t know how your body will react to skating. Losing 50 pounds can be realistic but you want to start inline skating and realize just how fun it is before you set an out there goal like that. By setting realistic goals you can keep yourself motivated to reach the end goal.
4. Set a Time Frame for Completing your Goals
Set multiple levels of time frames for completing your goals. For example, set easy goals that you know will take minimal effort to accomplish, like “I want to skate three days a week.” Set middle of the road goals and long term goals like losing X amount of pounds and how many miles you want to skate per day.
5. Enlist the Help of a Friend
You can try tackling these goals alone, but like any body builder or fitness guru will tell you, it is much easier to achieve your goals if you have a buddy to do it with. I have been able to set goals that I can achieve both solo and with a partner and found it much easier to accomplish the goal with the help of a friend. By having a workout buddy you have someone there to help push and motivate you to accomplish your goals. Plus having someone with similar goals it will give you both something to work towards making it that much easier to accomplish.