Motivation Monday on Tuesday — Choosing an Outcome
True, it’s only April, but nowhere at all does it say you can’t get an early start on your summer fitness program. And at Laguna Fitness, which is owned and operated by local fitness expert Cora Kasperski, they always encourage their members to start things off with a specific fitness outcome in mind.
Why pin down a precise plan, you ask? Because different fitness outcomes can help determine the proper fitness and nutrition program that is best for you. Of course, a comprehensive program can help you achieve all four of the outcomes listed below (which come to us courtesy of Kasperski), but a special focus can help you to achieve a more specific end game.
Every weekend workout warrior knows that you lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. But weight loss also requires special attention to consuming low-calorie foods and participation in plenty of cardiovascular training. An important element in weight loss is to watch what you eat and how you eat it. For example, eating smaller meals more often throughout the day will help you to lose weight.
Building muscle generally requires less cardiovascular training and more focus on resistance with heavier weights. Muscular strength is great for both men and women, because it helps to build strength, which goes a long way in preventing injury and extends your chances of a healthy life. A diet that is focused on increasing muscle mass will also require larger amounts of protein and water to feed those muscles as they grow.
Endurance training is highly specific and generally requires lots of time on the road, on a bike or in the water. For many people, building endurance can be as much mental as it is physical and goes a long way in helping you to achieve high levels of fitness.
As we age, flexibility become more and more of an issue in our lives. Remaining limber is key to preventing debilitating injuries later in life. Often, people committed to flexibility find it helpful to enroll in stretching or yoga classes. There are many of these types of studios in Laguna Beach, so doubtless there’s a few that fit your particular comfort zone.
But again, the important thing is to set an outcome. Make a plan. And get a head start on your health plan today.