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Oct 22, 2013 10:35 PM

Achieving Fitness without Competitive Pressure

Many fitness activities are related to sports, and sporting events are directlyrelated to competition.  It’s a naturalencouragement for people to compete with one another, but for those juststarting a fitness program this can be detrimental.  If success isn’t achieved at the same rate oftheir peers, a person can feel the pressure of competition and begin to thinktheir performance inadequate. Eventually, they may just give up over not being able to meet aninvisible standard they’ve set out to achieve.


The goal of an exercise regimen should be to encourage a person to befit for all activities, regardless of whether they are sports related ornot.  This is the theory behind theCrossFit program.  By focusing on shortbursts of intense activity that required overall improvement of all fitnessfunctionality, the program leads to increased confidence in participantswithout emphasizing any competition between two parties.


This is also the primary principle behind StoneFit, a program fororthopedic rehabilitation located in San Francisco.  Their exercise regimen is to encouragepersons experiencing injury to think of themselves as an athlete in trainingrather than a person in rehab.  They usethe injury as motivation to become fitter and stronger to both repair thedamage and prevent further problems. Even if the patient’s only goal is to walk without pain, their focus atThe Stone Clinic is on that one small goal rather than having the patientconcern themselves with the progress of others.


When setting up a fitness program, if a competitive emphasis is not amotivator, a person should focus on the small goals they can achieve.  Every person has a different fitness leveland different capabilities.  The goal ofhealthy living is to work within the person’s known boundaries to accomplishtheir personal goals, whether that is to simply run for five minutes straight,or lose 10 percent of their body weight. Personalized goals and focus take out the competition, leaving only roomfor focus on the small successes that are made every day a person becomes moreactive. 



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