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Failing Forward In Your Midlife Fitness Journey

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Small Space Fitness: Cat Corchado

Embarking on a fitness journey is often seen as a linear progression towards a goal: you set your sights on a target, work hard, and eventually achieve success.

However, the reality is often far from this idealized path. Along the way, setbacks, plateaus, and failures are inevitable. While these moments can be discouraging, they also present an opportunity for growth and learning.

Understanding Failure in Fitness:

Failure in the context of fitness can take many forms. It might be falling short of a weight loss goal, struggling to increase your strength, or experiencing a setback due to injury or illness. Whatever form it takes, failure can be a powerful teacher if approached with the right mindset.

“Failure in the context of fitness can take many forms.”

The Concept of Failing Forward:

Failing forward is a mindset that involves viewing failure not as a roadblock but as a stepping stone towards success. Instead of allowing setbacks to derail your progress, failing forward means using them as opportunities to learn, grow, and ultimately improve.

One of the key aspects of failing forward is recognizing the valuable lessons that failure can teach us. When we fail, we have the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong, identify areas for improvement, and adjust our approach moving forward.

Failing forward also helps to develop resilience and perseverance. By learning to overcome setbacks and keep pushing forward, you build mental strength and endurance that will serve you well not only in your fitness journey but in all areas of life.

4 Tips For Failing Forward In Your Midlife Fitness Journey:

1. Set Realistic Goals:

While it’s important to set ambitious goals, it’s also essential to make sure they are attainable. Setting unrealistic expectations can set you up for failure and frustration.

2. Focus on Progress, Not Perfection:

Instead of aiming for perfection, focus on making progress towards your goals. Celebrate small victories along the way and use setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.

“Be willing to adapt your goals and plans as needed.”

3. Seek Support:

Surround yourself with a supportive community of friends, family, or fitness professionals who can encourage you during tough times and help you stay motivated.

4. Stay Flexible:

Be willing to adapt your goals and plans as needed. Life is unpredictable, and being able to adjust your approach when things don’t go as planned is essential for long-term success.

Failing forward is a mindset that can transform setbacks into stepping stones towards success. By embracing failure as a learning opportunity, developing resilience, and staying focused on your goals, you can turn setbacks into fuel for growth and ultimately achieve your fitness aspirations.

Every step forward is a victory! Stay strong and remember that everyone has the right to feel good in their body!! We do not have to accept a midlife fitness fail – we can fail forward into health and fitness.

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About the Author:

Cat is a proud US Air Force veteran who has made it her mission to help women veterans transition from the military. She is a leader and speaker within the active duty and veteran community and her advocacy has helped her develop the Sisters-in-Service podcast- a platform for anyone affiliated with the military.

Cat is also the founder of the Small Space Pilates community. Cat feels privileged to work with midlife women to help them increase body awareness, mobility, stability and strength in a safe and fun environment. With over 39 ears in the fitness arena, her specialties include Personal Training, Pilates, Activated Isolated Stretching (AIS) and most recently her certification with CETI to work with cancer. Follow Cat’s Sisters In Service  on Instagram for more information.