Five Steps to Conducting an Annual Review of Your Health and Fitness

2014 has ended and it’s time to walk into 2015. If you can’t tell, let me confirm it. Yes I’m excited. I have been spending portions of my holiday time reflecting on the many blessings and lessons learned God has given me. One area in particular that I am reflecting on is His gift of health and fitness. Five marathons completed in four states and Canada. Three half marathons completed in three states. I definitely took my fitness initiatives to new heights. All of which I am so thankful to God for the mental strength, physical endurance, and perseverance that kept me in tact as I trained continuously for months, logging hundreds of miles, while battling some nagging injuries in all sorts of weather conditions. Through it all, one of my favorite scriptures has become, “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” (Psalm 26.2 NIV) Now, as I enter into 2015, I am both excited and conflicted. Why? Because 2014 was a mixture of transition, discipline, commitment, adversity, fun, and adventure. Now the question becomes, how can I use my blessings and lessons learned to be a better person and live with increased purpose?

As you carve out some time to reflect over 2014, I want to encourage you to think about what are you most proud of. When you think about your health and fitness, did you achieve your goals? How did you close out 2014? What are your plans to do things differently and/or better in 2015? Maybe there’s a 5K, 10K, half or full-marathon completion among your list of 2015 goals. Don’t dismiss the idea so fast. This is the perfect time to tap into your hidden innermost potential. Just like me, you too can move to your forefront the confidence, concentration, and commitment that lies inside of you. All you need is the desire, a progressive and effective training plan, and the completion of action steps like those listed below.

Action Step One: Assess your health and fitness goals.

Did you establish any goals for your health and fitness this past year? Most people start out their new year with an idea of what they want to accomplish, such as eating healthier, becoming physically active, and eliminating the need for medication. If you established health and fitness goals for 2014, answer these questions:

  • Did I achieve my goals?
  • Am I satisfied with what I achieved?
  • Did anything occur that changed my goals over the progression of the year?
  • How should I adjust my goals for 2015?

Action Step Two: Evaluate your health and fitness year.

What did you achieve this year? This action step is about detailing your health and fitness progression and recognizing key triumphs. Thinking about all you’ve achieved over the past 12 months, ask yourself these questions:

  • What have I achieved?
  • What new habits have I developed?
  • What have I become more knowledgeable about?
  • How am I better today than I was at the beginning of the 2014?

Action Step Three: Create Your Health and Fitness Summary.

Where are you with your health and fitness? Evaluate all facets of your health and fitness and analyze your position today. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I where I should be with my health and fitness?
  • What has facilitated or stalled my advancement?
  • Am I happy with my current situation?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Action Step Four: Imagine Your Future.

What’s your next health and fitness step? Take some time to plan for this year. Imagine the path you want your health and fitness to take. Again, here are some questions to help you:

  • What do I want to increase relative to my health and fitness?
  • What do I want to decrease relative to my health and fitness?
  • What’s the next action step with my health and fitness?
  • When should I be taking this next action step?
  • What’s my supreme/ultimate health and fitness desire?

Action Step Five: Health and Fitness Action Steps for Your Future.

How will you obtain your future health and fitness desire(s)? Make a list of what you need to do – health and fitness goals you want to achieve in 2015. These might be things such as exercising at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, joining a walk/run training group, and/or cooking more meals at home. Questions to ask yourself:

  • What do I need to prepare myself for my next action steps?
  • Do I need to find a nutritionist, running coach, personal trainer, or join a gym to initiate my 2015 action steps?

Conducting this annual review will help you to think ahead, allow your thoughts to trigger creative options, and aid in outlining your action steps for 2015. If by chance you are nurturing a desire to become a runner this year, then you should consider participating in a walk/run event–this month. Start this year off with a blast and allow last year’s achievements–and failures–to inspire you in 2015!

Bridgette L. Collins

AFAA-certified personal trainer and RRCA-certified running coach Bridgette L. Collins is the author of Broken In Plain Sight, Destined to Live Healthier: Mind, Body, and Soul and Imagine Living Healthier: Mind, Body, and Soul. She is also the owner of Total Innovative Wellness Solutions, LLC., a consulting firm that provides individuals and organizations with strategic solutions for implementing and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits. She has been an avid runner for more than 20 years participating in a plethora of endurance race events (from 5Ks to marathons). Learn more about Coach Collins at www.BridgetteCollins.com.

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