With the 4th of July over, we've passed the unofficial halfway point of the year, making this a good time to stop, take a breath and take stock of where we are. Summer can be a frantic time for some of us and there are plenty of expected and unexpected events that can throw us off track with our workouts: Holidays, travel, vacation, visitors and, for many of us this year, storms, fires and other weather-related phenomena that leave us powerless...both electricity-wise and psychologically.
Summer can make exercise tough for many of us, but there are things you can do to minimize the damage:
- Prepare - We can't prepare for everything, of course, but there are things we can plan for in advance. For example, if you know visitors are coming on a certain weekend, plan your workouts ahead of time. Maybe you don't want to pop in a video and do a high energy workout in the living room at 5 a.m., but you could put together short, 10-minute workouts you could do in your bedroom with little or no equipment.
- Plan for Time Off - It's easy to get frustrated if you can't get your workouts in, especially if it's through no fault of your own. Ease your frustration by planning your time off on those days when a workout probably isn't going to happen. Spending a day on a plane to Tahiti? Make that a rest day, get in as much movement as you can at the airport and consider bringing a trainer along with you to keep you in shape (I will be more than happy to provide that service).
- Lower Your Expectations - Too often, we try to squeeze full workouts into already-strained schedules. If you're struggling with that, look at your schedule and figure out how much time you actually have to workout, rather than trying to make time you don't have. Short workouts can be just as effective as long ones.
Thinking of where you are right now, how are you doing with your workouts and/or weight management goals? Are you staying on track or have you gotten thrown off your game? What could you do to maintain some level of fitness? Vote in this week's poll and leave a comment telling us how you're workouts are going.