As we near the final development and exciting launch of our MovementScreen, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking to people about the initial ‘evaluations’ they go through when starting exercise. This is something I believe in incredibly strongly, as a very important undertaking to ensure safety and success of an exercise program. As a business owner I’m also very interested in those initial evaluation and planning stages of any project, as they are so critical to the success of the project. Interestingly however, when it comes to business projects, I get excited and jump head first into it.
If the entrepreneurial spirit were a disease, I would have been diagnosed as being in its terminal stages! The issue with this, is that often I end up walking into roadblocks and diversions, that, if I had spent more time in the planning stages exploring, I’m sure I would have been more successful, with a lot fewer bruises! I would have been a lot happier at re-evaluation stages.
A wise friend of mine once said to me as I excitedly asked when we are going to implement a project: Max, a good project devotes a third of its time to planning! Wow, the patience required for this! Needless to say, this project delivered very good outcomes for the relevant association because we went through that process.
So if this Project Planning 101 lesson is obvious to you (add I’m painstakingly learning it myself), then let me encourage you that, by looking at it from my professional perspective, this also applied to your health and exercise endeavours:
- Make sure that you plan what you want to do and achieve
- very importantly, have someone help you identify barriers to your success. these could include past injuries, movement limitations, lack of specific knowledge, etc.
- implement these things into some initial testing/evaluations, that will help you objectively measure your success!
These evaluations could include an understanding of your current body composition – rather than just what the scales tell you; or a movement score; or a measure of pain; or an objective fitness test. All of these can help you plan and guide your health journey.