Summer is coming! Kids will be out of school, vacations taken, hot weather, and many other things that I’m sure will come between you and your regular workout schedule. (And this doesn’t just apply to summer~ Nov/Dec holiday fun also seem to be a crazy time for people to stick with a schedule due to parties and family and amazing food!)
1. Know that it’s OK to change things up for the season. If it’s summer do something outside with your friends or kids. Bike rides, swimming, tag, gardening, the list is endless! Trading a weekend camping trip for a scheduled workout is well worth it! You will come away with memories that are priceless.
2. If you aren’t getting in as much exercise as normal you will need to modify your eating. If you’re not burning those extra 300-500 calories a day don’t eat that much extra! If a meal replacement shake will help you cut back then get one. You all know Shakeology is top on my list!
3. Maintain current weight!!! Don’t always worry about losing or gaining- when life gets crazy focus on just staying where you are! We can be tempted to think since I can’t do XYZ then let’s just forget it all until life gets normal again…DON’T do that! You will feel so discouraged. I’ve done it- and my body just feels so gross when I do, from the inside out.
4. If you want to do your workout and not replace it with another activity that fits the current situation you are in you have to be willing to get up early or stay up late to do it so. But remember sleep is also an important component to your health~ get too little and it will not only affect your body but also your attitude.
We will always have challenges when it comes to eating and workouts. Our lives are busy and complex. When it comes down to it evaluate your priorities. Example…the last few weeks we have had so many visitors and that means we eat more local food (Chinese) than normal. If I am following my plan it does not include Chinese food every meal- but I value hospitality over eating X amount of calories a day. So I go and I enjoy the wonderful food, in moderation, and I don’t stress about the extra calories because it was part of a joyous event of sharing Chinese culture/food with those visiting. Sometimes goals have to be delayed for the sake of current circumstances. You can get creative and make them happen anyway (I could have added in extra cardio to burn those cals) or just re-adjust them for the moment and get back to them.
It’s all about balance. There are times I can workout 6x a week and track every calorie, then there are times that I just tell myself get in at least 4 workouts this week at 30min. each. Just get through the season I’m in and then re-evaluate what my schedule can look like. It’s about making it work for your life!