Align your health strategy to support your business goals

Forecasting by definition is the use of historical data to determine or predict the future. A key business planning tool, forecasting is a way to set goals and measure the efficiency of current business practices.   

You wouldn’t start a business without doing some research, setting a budget, forecasting your revenue and analyzing your success, right? The same holds true for your fitness regimen.   

Without a “Fitness Forecast” you may never get started, or start and lose interest, or start and not see success milestones along the way. Forecast your fitness and soon you’ll be a healthy boss with a healthy business – AND a healthy body!    

Identify your goals

Just like you clearly identify goals in your business plan, outline your fitness goals. Do you want to build muscle? Lose the mummy tummy? Increase your endurance? Lose weight? Learn how to lift weights? Join a sports league? Swim laps or run a 5km race?  When your goals are clear, you can begin to forecast how you will attain the fitness results you want. 

Use past experiences

Businesses are started to fill a void in the marketplace, something was missing in the past that prompted you to take action and create a business plan. 

Look at your personal fitness history. Ask yourself: 

·         What are you are good at?

·         How did you get in shape before?

·         What did you enjoy doing that kept you in shape?

·         What motivated you? 

Find the void that prevented you from reaching your fitness goals. When you analyze what worked and what didn’t, you’ll learn how to create a fitness forecast. 

Collect your tools

In business, you develop strategies for marketing your products, budget for managing spending, solutions for storage and source software for tracking.  A Fitness forecast is the same. To be successful, you need the ‘right tools for the right job.’   

If muscle building is your goal, then look into an at home system or join a gym. If you want to swim laps, then invest in a pool membership. If running is going to be your new thing, look for a running club or learn to run programs near you. Getting the appropriate shoes, clothes, weights or membership gives you the tools you need to start. 

Create a timeline

Armed with your goals, history and tools, you can now create your timeline and put your fitness forecast into motion. As in business, those items deemed a priority are the items that get dealt with first.   

Determine the length of one session and how many sessions you can fit into a week. Based on your goals and the number of sessions you can complete in a week, determine how much time you will need to dedicate to reach your desired outcome. The timeline for your fitness forecast will determine when your goals should be met and give you a guideline to measure its success. 

Measure your progress

A well-planned business forecast provides a plan of action to reach a desired goal. To determine if you’re on track, you have metrics in place to give you benchmarks along the way to measure your progress.   

Depending on your goals, your fitness benchmarks could be how much weight you can lift, how far you can run, how many lengths you can swim or the measurement of your waist. Once your metrics are determined, measure your progress and make necessary adjustments to your timeline in order to reach your fitness goals. 

Your fitness forecast is not much different than your business forecast. Establish your health goals, look at your history, get the right tools, create a timeline and then measure your progress and make your fitness a success story!

 

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