Your Body Doesn’t Care What Season It’s In…
This marks my 12th year as a fitness professional and with that comes a lot of experience and trends that I see in people’s attitudes and beliefs.
In the Midwest at least, we have 4 distinct seasons, which affect people’s activity levels and beliefs around those different seasons.
During the winter months of cold and dark I hear excuses like, “It’s too cold to go workout… It’s too hard to get up when it’s dark out to exercise… There are too many holiday parties that sidetrack my fitness…”
Then there is the spring… “It is getting nicer outside so I don’t want to workout inside… I have spring break trips planned… It is the end of the school year and there are so many activities I need to go to…”
For the summer months… “It is way too nice to be inside working out… I am going on a summer vacation… The kids are out of school… I get enough exercising doing lawn work and gardening… I like to walk or go on hikes…”
In the fall I find the excuses are less, and the damage done from the past 9 months is motivation enough for some to start looking at their exercise and nutrition habits, but still there are many excuses.
You get the point.
Your body craves eating real food and engaging in regular strength training and cardio.
It doesn’t care what season it is.
Consistency is king.
That is why there is no “good time” to start. The best day to start was yesterday, and the second best day is today.
This reminds me of getting ready to jump into the pool for swim practice. I know it is good for me, I know I need to do it, but I know the momentary “cold” that I will feel when my body submerges into the water is uncomfortable.
But once I jump in and have those 5 seconds of discomfort, I am acclimated and good to go.
So if you have found yourself making continual excuses, do yourself and those you love a favor, and jump in with both feet and commit.