I want to address a topic that comes up every year. It happens to many people. It’s not something we like to admit.
Don’t lie. This may have been you at some point. Heck, it may happen every year! Fall comes around and you start to fall off your fitness routine. By the time you’re deep in winter, you realize the holiday eating got a little out of hand. You also realize, you don’t remember the last time you exercised. Before you know it, it’s almost spring and you have a mini panic attack because you know that “getting back in shape” really doesn’t happen in a couple weeks. Sorry, it’s not possible to do a healthy, complete body transformation for that Cancun trip next week. The effort is good, in theory, but going to the gym every night for two weeks won’t make up for months nutritional and fitness negligence.
Before anyone gets sensitive about the topic, let me clarify. Not everyone cares about having that flat tummy, or define back. Not everyone has a certain look that they want for those warm spring and summer months. That is perfectly fine. I am a strong supporter of being comfortable with yourself. This post is not me telling everyone that they should all be obsessed with what they might look like in a bathing suit, therefore, they should only eat lettuce from now till’ May. Before you start thinking that, slow down, partner.
- First: The way I approach fitness and nutrition is relative to who I am speaking or working with. It’s all about making small and sustainable changes that are appropriate to you, at the time. Folks who have a consisten fitness routine and eat relatively clean, would make different adjustments than someone who watches hours of tv every day and eats fast food for most meals.
- Second: I don’t think it’s a bad thing to want to look good. It’s perfectly fair for one to want a fit body. True, obsessing over how one looks is no good. However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to let the inner sexy beast out. Improving our level of fitness and nutrition and watching our body get stronger as a result, is rewarding. Inspiration comes from many places. If this is one of those sources, no problem.
I constantly write about how important fitness is in our overall health. But, it’s okay to address what many think about, but may not share. Although, as evident on facebook and instagram, some people, just outright love to post pictures of themselves in the mirror in workout clothing. Whatever works to keep motivated!
Instead of a mad dash to “get in shape” when the warm months come around, why not maintain a better baseline over the colder months? Why not keep an eye on what we eat and how active we are between now and spring? This way, we will be fully ready for bathing suit season. And, oh yeah, there is the whole being healthier and stronger and getting sick less often benefit, to eating right and staying active. Can’t forget about that. The occasional holiday indulgence is okay. After all, we should enjoy life. Just try not to
go overboard, champ.
When it starts to get chilly. When the days become shorter. When all you want to do is put on sweats and a sweater and watch Netflix all day. It’s okay to do a bit of that, but remember, there is work to be done. You’ll thank yourself in a few months.
I, myself, will be doing the best I can to be consistent with nutrition and fitness throughout the fall and winter months. Mostly because I like how it makes me feel and I like how it positively affects my life. Also, seeing hard work pay off, is motivating. If you are on a similar journey, let’s keep each other motivated! Share with other FM readers! Comment in posts or share your thoughts on our Facebook wall!
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Fall and Winter, we aren’t scared.