The new year is almost upon us, and it is time to talk about what your 2018 may look like. What sort of martial arts goals have you set, and what is your plan to meet them? What steps are you implementing to ensure that they can become a reality?
These are not always easy questions to answer, but they are necessary to ask if you want to see success.
Below are some considerations to make as you set your martial arts goals for 2018.
Consider your training schedule
You probably have other commitments at work or school, in addition to your martial arts. Most people do. So how many hours per week can you devote to training? Make sure your martial arts goals are in alignment with the time that you’ll have available to improve.
What resources can you utilize outside of class?
If you are committed to new goals as a martial artist in 2018, this may be a necessary question. Again, you don’t have to physically train all day, every day, but there are commitments you can make outside of class. Can you go for a run or a walk 1-2 times per week? Can you go to the gym and improve your strength? These physical commitments will make you stronger and give you more endurance – all add up to a heightened level of fitness.
Evaluate your diet
Your diet may be the single most important factor in your fitness and health. Simple decisions may help your overall health. For instance, you can stop eating when you’re full, reduce snacking and learn how to make certain food substitutions. Losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight may not be as challenging as you think. Your diet can be evaluated one small decision at a time.
Leading a balanced life
It’s important to push yourself, but you also need to make sure that your work, home and personal time are proportional. The martial arts are about making sure you have a disciplined but healthy lifestyle.