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BEAT THE SUMMER DOLDRUMS
DON’T LET SUNSHINE GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR GOALS
The thing about exercise is that there are always a million excuses not to do it. When you’re buried in snow in the middle of December, there’s nothing easier in the world than looking out of the blinds into the frozen wasteland, deciding it’s too much effort to tolerate the brutal frost, and collapsing back into bed. “It’s just too cold!” I hear clients say. Then when it’s summer and everything’s beautiful out, it’s so much easier to go and lie on the beach than to come into the gym because “It’s just too nice outside!” It’d be hilarious if it wasn’t so frustrating. I’m not about to berate people for making excuses not to exercise, because that’s just human nature. But the people who come into my gym are truly ready to work and eager to make tangible, positive changes for their physical and mental health. They don’t let anything get in the way. These are the clients who make exercise a part of who they are, who I see in the gym every single week, and who gradually and consistently improve in every possible way. Over months, they meet their weight loss goals and push far beyond them, steadily trudging down the path to a happier, healthier life. They escape the vicious cycle of setting goals, failing to meet them, giving up, and putting off new goals until the fall, New Year’s, or their birthday. As “New-Agey” as it may sound, when I first started regularly working out more than a decade ago, I honestly felt like I’d reached a whole new plane of existence. I felt in control of my life, proud to be finally taking care of myself and imbued with a new clarity and sense of purpose in everything I did. All I want for each of my clients is for them to experience this same powerful transformation, to push themselves to become the people they want to be. So sure, go out and have fun on the beach or relax in the sunshine with a beer in your hand — I’ll definitely be doing the same, first chance I get. But when it comes time to go to the gym, remember why you set those goals in the first place, and remind yourself of all the positive benefits that come from the work you’re about to do. If you put in the time, you’ll enjoy those summer hangs that much more because you’ll know you’re taking care of yourself and the body that will carry you for the rest of your life. –Adrian Shier (269) 271-9170 — PAGE 1
With the warmer weather finally arriving in full force in Michigan, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate the goals you set for yourself way back at the beginning of the year. When we’re in the heart of the brutal northeastern winter (this last one in particular), it can be easy to steel yourself and set a ton of lofty health and weight loss goals you want to meet by the end of the year. But once the sun peeks out from behind the clouds and everyone gets a mania for drinking beer on the patio with their friends, rushing out to the water, and just generally doing as little “work” as possible, the passion for exercise and self-improvement flies out the newly open window. I notice this trend every year: By March, half the dedicated gymgoers have phased out, lacking the resolve and motivation to continue grinding. And then, come June, half of those remaining goal-setters fall by the wayside, giving themselves some “time off” for the summer. Though they still want to get fit, they keep putting it off and putting it off, figuring that when the kids go back to school in September, that’s when they’ll come back and transform their lives — this time for good.
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