Seems like everywhere I look, I see ads for ‘summer shape up’ challenges, ‘bikini body’ bootcamps and ‘get fit quick’ workouts. Many of which promise that if you simply follow their programs, you’ll have the ‘body of your dreams’ in a mere 4 weeks or less. (This one must be the best; only 7 days!)
In reality, unless you’ve been eating clean and exercising regularly since LAST summer, you’re unlikely to obtain the promised results in time for the upcoming ‘bathing suit season’.
While I love the idea of people getting more active and cleaning up their diets, I don’t believe in ‘seasonal fitness’.
Why? Losing weight, building muscle and creating definition require taking a long-term view. Consistency and progression are your keys to success. Each day, do a little bit more than the day before. Make it a lifestyle not a short term means to an end.
I like to think of fitness the same way I think about sock yarn blankets and parenting.
All three are big, long term projects, punctuated by shorter duration ‘tasks’.
Thinking about the end point (10 unassisted chin ups; 42, 7-inch knitted blocks; 3 university graduates) can be overwhelming.
Focusing on the smaller achievements (a single chin up; each separate block; preschool graduation) makes the journey more enjoyable and allows for reflection and mid-stream changes in direction.
By all means, use the summer as incentive to get moving and make better choices in the kitchen, but don’t expect to reach the end of your journey in a few short months.
Interested in turning your ‘seasonal fitness’ program into a long term lifestyle change? I’d love to help and have a few spots currently available in my online fitness coaching practice.
Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll talk; not ‘seasonal fitness’, but fitness for all seasons!