If you guys can’t already guess, the theme for July is all about consistency. Summer starts getting into full swing and life happens. Vacations, happy hours, the sun is finally out and it’s not raining, you name it; there are a billion other things to do beside getting in to the gym. Suddenly you start choosing other activities over your hour of fitness (which is fine) but those goals you set at the beginning of the year start slipping a bit further and further away. Or another trap people fall into is the more you miss the more your cardio slips and the longer it takes to recover.
We’ve all been there. And it’s not a bad thing to choose other activities. But we just wanted to give you some tips and tricks for staying on top of your fitness this summer.
1. Make it a priority: if you know you want to hit the M’s game tonight but typically workout at 5:30pm, give the 5am class a shot. Now fitness is out of your way and you have the whole day to yourself. If that’s not happening ask one of the coaches for a bodyweight workout (100 burpees for time anyone?) or go for a run!
2. Be accountable: telling someone or somehow announcing you’re intentions makes you more likely to go. So tell your spouse, check in on Triib ahead of time or make a pack with your friend in class to see them x number of days this week.
3. Don’t overdo it: seems simple enough. But if you are on an unlimited membership and come 3 times a week right now, when the attendance challenge starts don’t decide to come in six days the first week of July and then be so sore you can’t come in until the middle of the month. Be smart and listen to your body!
4. Track your progress: I think most people come in to improve their fitness in some capacity but how can you tell if you are making measurable steps towards that? Triib has tons of information for you to really understand your fitness and assess how you are doing. If you don’t know where to look to see the data, ask a coach! Another great option is a paper journal to get track of your progress. I think most people would be shocked if they looked at where they started their fitness journey at and where they are today. But you can’t do that if you don’t have anything to measure against!
5. Find your why: are you training for a competition? Do you want to be able to play with your kids? Or are you just determined to deadlift 300lbs? Regardless of why you come in think about how your action today drives you towards that goal. And what steps can you take tomorrow to keep moving forward?
It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. That is 21 days of intentionally choosing fitness. Some days will be easier than others, but in the end the more consistent you stay the closer you become to achieving your goals!
– Coach Clare