As September rolls ahead full steam and we begin to gear up for another busy season, I can’t help but think of getting back into shape. Yes, as Florence and the Machine say, “the dog days [of summer] are over;” if you’ve slacked off or taken time off to enjoy the laziness of the sandy beaches and hot, humid days, then it’s time to get back on that horse!
Since giving birth to my first child, I’ve taken six weeks off; I was practically chomping at the bit to get back into the studio for my workouts, but after eight weeks, I’ve only managed to squeeze in two! Since I have been working from home doing online training and caring for a newborn, it leaves nary a second to slip away for my usual full-length workouts. Not only this, but I can’t stand to be away from him even for a moment! So, I’ve compromised.
Whenever I need to be at the studio for colon hydrotherapy, massages or new client consultations, I try to squeeze in a workout before or after the sessions and when I’m at home, I’ll do my cardio while he’s sleeping or I’ll have my husband take him while I do a quick living room workout.
If you’ve taken a break and want to get started, you too can make it happen! Take a step back and look at what hasn’t been working and make a new plan. For example: if you’ve told yourself you’re going to do an hour workout every day and you have yet to do it, take a look at why. Are you too exhausted after work? Do you feel lost when working out on your own? Maybe you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to do it every day and if you miss a workout you throw in the towel? Maybe you stay up too late at night forcing you to hit your snooze button in the morning making an AM workout impossible? There could be many excuses; identify the cause and make a new plan of action.
I know at this particular moment in my life, that working out six days a week at my normal routine isn’t an option. For one, I need to start slow—my abdominals are almost back together, so I can begin doing gentle Pilates. I plan my meals and workouts in my planner and I have a Plan B in case it doesn’t pan out. For example, if I don’t get my exercise in at the studio I’ll do Pilates at home.
If you find yourself continually making excuses or are too busy to make fitness a priority, try hiring a personal trainer. They will evaluate your needs and goals and create a fitness program specifically designed for you based on your current fitness level. At our facility, you even have the option of online training for a more affordable rate. Train from your computer at home or at our fully-equipped studio and we will train you from our home. The possibilities are endless and so are the workouts! The key is finding out what is stopping you from being your best and achieving your goals. Then get started from there. If you need help, email me at FitnessOnLive@Live.com.
Crystal Manjarres is the owner of Fitness OnLive, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email FitnessOnLive@Live.com. She can also be reached at www.FitnessOnLive.com and 239-333-5771.