Why did you quit?

We all have started something before just to realize it takes more effort than we are willing to put forth.  You have to think back at those times and ask yourself…”Did I really want that goal?  Do I wish today that I had kept going? Where would I be today if I didn’t give up?”  I’m a firm believer in you are where you are because of what you do daily.  If we wanted to earn a million dollars, most of us could not achieve that in a day, week, or even just one year.  It would take a well thought out plan and consistent effort.  This goes the same for fitness.  Most people who start a fitness program quit within the first month.  And this is before they even become consistent with it.  Being in the fitness industry for over 20 years, I’ve seen the pattern over and over.  Members will join a gym or program, sprinkle in 2-3 workouts per week for the first two weeks and trail off to 1x per week until they just don’t come eventually.  This is the “average” pattern that I have noticed.  This is the exact reason that I opened a private studio.  I wanted to keep track of everyone that was coming and reach out to those who I notice are trailing off to reel them back in.  It is too easy to sleep in or go home after work instead of to the gym.  It’s easy to slip back into old “comfortable” habits.  Why?   Because it is “comfortable”.  Can you be comfortable in a new fit lifestyle?  Of course you can!  But you have to be uncomfortable during the transition time for this to happen.  This is why no one likes change.  It is not fun to do and can be extremely uncomfortable.  This is why challenges are so great.  We can forsee a month, 6 weeks, or 90 days to keep us going during this time so we can reach the other end.  Once you finally get a routine down, you will be comfortable again.  Imagine getting to that point?  How exciting will that be when you change to the new “normal”!


Why I love recovery week!

In our everyday lives we get so busy and stressed day to day that exercise, something that is supposed to help us destress, actually becomes a stressor.  Ugh!  How does that even work?  Our bodies require to repair in order to get stronger and perform the tasks we are asked to do on a regular basis.  If you are at the point where soreness just takes over and it becomes and everyday thing, you may be experiencing burnout.  At the studio here I have now scheduled a recovery week into our program every 10 weeks.  Only because no one will rest until I tell them to but the most important part of recovery is “active” rest.  This is where you still move, but at a lower intensity than what you are used to.  This is a great time to take a few yoga classes, get a massage, and re-evaluate what you are eating.

This time frame allows me to breathe and not stress about working hard in all of your workout sessions.  Just enjoy the moment and move.  It allows you to take a look at your diet and realize what you are missing as well as what food you are eating that is not benefiting you.  When I detox, I take out all animal products, gluten, sugar, alcohol, and coffee.  This allows my body to reset and I can get back to the basics of what I need to be healthy.  So don’t forget about this important time frame.  You deserve it!