Summer is an interesting time for keeping fit.
Summer is an interesting time for keeping fit. When I lived on the East Coast, Winter and Summer were times that most of us just automatically scaled back on our training due to the inclement weather. It is really difficult to keep up an intense running program in the heat and humidity or the snow and ice. But, here in California, you can train hard outside all year round. For most of us, the lack of routine combined with vacation schedules and kids being home creates new challenges for staying on track with our fitness goals. I know I am feeling the effects of the lazy days of summer already! My sleep schedule is way off, my training is haphazard at best, and to be honest, my motivation is waning. So, how do we stay on track during the summer????
- Cut yourself some slack – it is summer!
Just focus on getting as much activity in as you can everyday. Whether that means walking as much as you can on vacation, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, or taking a yoga or pilates class – this is a great time to try new things and just do what you can without any pressure.
- As the end of summer approaches, set a new goal for yourself that is specific, measurable, and attainable. Setting a new goal is the perfect way to set yourself up for a successful return to the structure and discipline necessary to getting back in shape or getting in better shape than you were before.
- Remind yourself that it takes 2-4 weeks to start feeling like you are back to where you left off. Try not to get discouraged when your training resumes.
If you are in town, I hope to see you this week. There is NO CLASS THIS MONDAY at Stanford Hills. We will have class on Tu and TH at 6am at Woodland School and W and F at 9:15am at Stanford Hills. If your child would like to join my Teen Skills and Conditioning class at the Stanford Track, please email me ASAP.