Where do you want to be physically in 5,15,30 years?
This is a topic that many people do not really think about when it comes to diet and exercise.
Most people want to do the “get abzz yesterday program, guaranteed.”
So instead of training with long term progress in mind we instead go to the quick, unsustainable fix.
It is perfectly fine to have short term goals. It is actually beneficial to have shorter term goals.
Something we do not consider is how will this goal help my long term development?
Some people may want to get to a 315 bench press. This will mean that they have a lot of upper body strength and strength is a quality that is foundational for everything.
Where this can get ugly is when unconventional means take place.
Training every day, twice a day while sacrificing a social life may not be the best road to get there because then the cost has become too high.
The same goes for training through injuries. This person may want to fight through the shoulder pain they get from benching in order to reach the goal.
That bench number will just be foolish after two rotator cuff surgeries.
Maybe that is a little extreme but that doesn’t mean it cannot happen.
Training with long term progress in mind is important because no one wants to be an 85 in a 50 year olds body.
I worked customer service for Stop and Shop for 5 years and I have seen all kinds of people (some could borderline be called people).
I have seen people in their 40’s that can barely walk and move, while a 95 year old guy came in practically sprinting with a smile on his face.
Take care of yourself now in order to have long term results.
Maybe you do not want to worry about your weight now. That’s fine I am not going to tell you who to be.
I will say that fitness comes back much easier than it is developed and as we get older it becomes harder and harder.
I work with plenty of adult clients that used to be very active athletes when they were younger. I even worked with a guy that was 66 years old but had been lifting his entire life.
I was shocked to see a 66 year old man move better than half of the high schoolers I work with.
People who were never active in their life struggle to get to a decent fitness level after years of non activity.
Evaluate your decisions first
We first must be sure that what we are doing is something that can be done for many years. Will I be lifting weights in 20 or 40 years from now? I expect to.
If you do not think that you will be running in 20 years, you better be building a base of some other training in order to develop in the long term.
The same goes for nutrition. Some people go on 14 day cleanses. Most people do not have a strategy for after the cleanse.
The cleanse will be a fail if 14 days after finishing, all of the effects have reversed. That will mean that nothing changed in a month.
Taking a slower approach to nutrition will help in the long run. Learning how to make different recipes that include vegetables and protein is better than taking a pill.
We then must determine that our strategy is not going to ruin us for the future.
Doing a poorly designed program that is high risk might make you feel like you are working hard but what if you get hurt from it?
Programs with tons of plyometrics can result in a torn Achilles, for example. This takes about a year to recover from.
That is a life changing event and the average person is not going to go back to a program like this when they recover.
It is much better to instead learn basic movement patterns that can then be progressed and regressed safely.
Learning how to hinge, squat, press, pull, and lunge will provide enough exercises and progress for a lifetime.
Start on the journey now and it will help you tremendously in the near and far future.
Try to avoid the extreme measures of exercise and nutrition unless it is going to teach you something that will help you out down the road.
You might not think that you need to train for the future now, but it is essential.