I know that many of you out there have recently been shocked or mad when you stepped on the scale to see a number that was different than is was back in May. Unfortunately summer is a pretty common time for women to put on 3-5 (or more) pounds. Think of the situation…back in May you were thinking about bathing suits and sitting at the pool or on the beach. You were motivated to be fit and strong or to lose a couple of pounds. As summer went by, it got hotter and more humid and the exercises you were doing got further and further apart. Next thing you know July 4th is around the corner and vacations are on the horizon as well as BBQ’s and Cookouts. You also have gotten a little more comfortable with the way you now look at the pool or you are leaving tomorrow for the beach. So the workouts are now even further apart.
It is VERY easy to lose motivation and even easier to let your busy day take over. Now we stand here in September! School is back in, you find a little more time for yourself and your motivation is starting to knock on the front door again….So you hop on the scale just to see the damage…and the scale MUST be broken. I mean seriously, you didn’t use it all summer, so maybe the batteries are dead?!?! Or maybe, just maybe, you just joined the millions of women in the world that let the summer get the best of us!
All of that said, lets focus on the NOW and forward, not this past summer! We can learn from our mistakes! Now is the time to get your fitness back on your brain and even more importantly WRITTEN into you daily schedule. We plan for our kid’s lunch and who is picking them up and dropping them off from school and sports, what is for dinner, etc….WE MUST PLAN FOR OUR FITNESS! I know that “Life Happens” and I preach it to all of my clients, but that does not mean to give up. Before you go to bed tonight you must plan on when you are going to exercise for 30-60 minutes tomorrow. For the average american woman who is used to activity, you should schedule 3-5 days of moderate to vigorous cardio activities for 30-60 minutes. The 30-60 minutes don’t even have to be at one time. Do 20-30 now and 20-30 again later. Fat is an amazing and necessary evil in our body. We need it, but we also hate it. Here is the scientific reason for cardio activity: in order to burn fat we must increase our oxygen intake. In order to do this, we must participate in an aerobic exercise that pushes us to level where you can still talk to your friend, but you cannot sing them a song. Be winded, but not out of breath. THIS and ONLY this will burn fat…diets may work for the short term, but fitness is a MUST!
ok, stepping down off my soapbox and off to lunch 🙂
(Tune in next time and here my sermon on strength training!)