“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”
- Lee Haney
Quote of the Day.
Everyone, regardless of age or gender, should always have a fitness or wellness goal that they are working toward. Whether this is routine-based (“I am going to exercise 20 minutes, 3 days every week!”) or achievement-based (“I am going to be doing 1-arm pull-ups by the end of this year!”), today’s quote by Lee Haney provides us with a reminder we need.
Haney’s quote is both an inspiration and a precaution – we should set small goals and build upon them. If we set a single, large goal instead and run towards it at breakneck pace, we will ultimately be met with failure.
Consider the routine-based goal above. If your goal is to exercise 2o minutes three times each week, you may get excited and jump in too quickly – exercising 60 minutes daily instead. If you are not accustomed to exercise, this will likely lead to overtraining, injury or burnout.
Likewise with the achievement-based goal above. Your initial attempts to do a 1-arm pull-up will be met with strain and an utter lack of results unless you start small and progressively increase the difficulty of your exercise. Do a regular pull-up – use a chair for assistance if necessary. Get stronger, increase difficulty and repeat.
As we start out the new year excited for our new fitness goals, remember today’s quote by Lee Haney. Set small goals, accomplish them, and build upon your goals!
About Lee Haney: Lee Haney is a former professional bodybuilder and 8-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title. Find out more about him at leehaney.com
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