If you’ve ever felt personally attacked by a “get beach fit this summer” or a “get the perfect beach body” article, then this blog is for you. In this blog, we explore some non-aesthetic based goals to help you get stronger this summer. Whilst for some people, aesthetic goals can be a fantastic motivator, if you're not seeing the changes you, as quickly as you want, it can be disheartening. So let’s take looks off the table and focus on setting some goals that improve both our physical and mental health.
Firstly, goal setting is so powerful, it helps you focus on what’s really important to you. Effective goals, allow you to measure progress, overcome obstacles or training plateaus and visualise what you want to achieve on your fitness journey. Once you have an idea of what you want to achieve you can create an actionable plan to get there or feel free to speak to a member of the team if you aren’t sure where to start.
Let’s look at the benefits of non-aesthetic goals
Non-aesthetic goals are goals that focus on things, other than how your body physically looks. We have found that when you expand your focus beyond body composition, you can improve overall training results, and achieve measurable strength gains. Non-aesthetic goals can be so much more rewarding as you get to push yourself and challenge your body and mind to achieve things that previously weren’t possible and this process can help you recognise all the other benefits of your efforts.
Here are some ideas for non-aesthetic goals you can set:
1. Improving your form
At EDA everything starts with tekkers (or good technique). Improving your form will help prevent injury, drive strength gains, increase muscular endurance and by activating the correct muscles, you are really going to feel the full benefits of that exercise. Our EDA Online members gets access to video demos they can access at any time, almost like having a little coach in your pocket.
Every time you pick up a bar, grab the handle of the rower or lift a kettlebell you should be focusing on improving your form. Are you hinging from your hips in the deadlift? Engaging your core and keeping that back straight during your squats? A quick tip if you are looking to check your form but aren’t able to ask someone to check it out, is to film yourself. It can feel a little awkward at first but by filming yourself you can check in on your form and address anything that needs a tiny tweak.
2. Increasing resistance for strength-based exercises
If you’ve been pressing the same weight for weeks, it’s time to challenge yourself. To get results, you need to be increasing the resistance for all strength-based exercises. After a while, your body adapts to the resistance you place on it. Let’s be clear though, the process of increasing either resistance or reps should be done slowly and carefully, you want to challenge your body, not break it.
We recommend keeping track of your lifts, for our members that can be logging a workout in our app or by simply taking notes on your phone. By tracking each lift, you can identify when it might be time to increase the weight be that by 2.5kg or 5kg, it might not sound like a lot but it will make a big difference. Tracking also lets you look back at what you’ve achieved, it’s a great way to show progression and lets you sit back and admire all of the work your body has put into the process thus far. Go you!
3. Improving self-confidence
Exercise doesn’t just improve your physical health, it plays a vital role in your mental health. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
These mood-boosting properties have been shown to play a part in improving your self-confidence and self-esteem. Knowing that you’re moving forward and working to really improve yourself can give you the mental boost you need.
Check-in with friends, or yourself at the end of each week and you will be surprised at how much your self-confidence can improve after just a few training sessions each week.
4. Improving energy levels
Exercise and solid nutrition can boost your energy levels. Getting in the right nutrition for you, and regularly working out gives you more energy. Research by the University of Georgia suggests that introducing or increasing exercise can boost energy levels and lower fatigue. That nearly every group studied -- from healthy adults to cancer patients, and those with chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease -- benefited from exercise.
If you want to start incorporating more movement into your day, why not check out our online programme. Or for those looking for some in-person guidance, why not drop into our Glasgow gym? Let us know you are coming in, and we would be happy to chat.