What are the skills to train?

February 4, 2019

Katie Bulmer-Cooke shares which skills are essential to your health and fitness goals

In keeping with this issue’s focus of skills, I’m going to share the skills that I’ve seen my most successful clients acquire and utilise when it comes to achieving their health and fitness goals.

Whether it’s reducing body fat percentage or training for a half-marathon, achieving these things doesn’t happen by chance and can’t be achieved without sharpening up in certain areas.

In many ways, it’s like climbing the career ladder and upgrading your job – if you want to upgrade your health and fitness, you’ve got to demonstrate capability in a range of different skills.

The first skill required is strategic planning. You need to know exactly what you want to achieve and the steps required to get there. It’s easy to say you want to lose weight or you want to be better at running, but the skill is in being able to define exactly how much weight you want to lose or how far/fast you want to run.

When setting this end goal, there is also
skill required to ensure that it is achievable yet challenging and you need to be able to break the long-term goal down into smaller short-term goals along the way.

The next skill needed is organisation coupled with great time management. Whether it’s planning your meals and making the time to batch cook or scheduling your workouts in your diary, the ability to be organised and manage your time effectively is key to long-term success.

If you don’t sharpen up in these areas you’ll find yourself eating on the hop, limiting your choice of healthy options and often resulting in a higher calorie consumption.

Similarly with exercise, if you don’t make exercise appointments with yourself and plan out your training time slots in advance, it’s much more likely that you’ll end up skipping sessions and not completing the required number of workouts to get you to your goal.

Finally, you need to be adaptable. The road to health and fitness is rarely a smooth one. You’ll have to navigate social occasions, travel with work, family commitments and other factors and events that may well mean you need to deviate slightly from the plan you originally set out. For example, if you need to stay overnight in a hotel for a work trip but the hotel has no gym facility, you need to be able to think of alternative ways to ensure you get your workout in, such as doing a body weight workout in your hotel room, or even packing a resistance band in your case.

Just like self development in the workplace, acquiring new skills and improving existing ones in the world of health and fitness can result in big rewards.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke
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