By Dave Sturchio
It’s been over three months since you’ve made your New Year fitness resolutions, and we wanted to check in to see how you’re doing!
By this time every year, the majority of fitness “resolutionists” are already dissatisfied with their results, have hit a plateau and can’t get to their next level, or are onto their next goal. Some simply don’t want to be ‘cooped up’ in a gym as the temperatures get more pleasant. So here’s the question: how do we, as fitness-driven people, stick with the goals we set forth in January?
The answer: we have to adjust to the weather and add more creative ways to stay on track to our fitness goals. It’s time for the New Year’s Resolution check list!
First, take a look at your goals. See if the goals you set originally were realistic and possible. If you haven’t met them yet, this is GREAT news because now you have to work even harder and can create new daily methods to achieve them.
If one of your goals was to achieve some better endurance and get in overall better shape, you’ll be happy to know that more options open up as the weather gets nicer. If you were inside the gym and on that treadmill, now you can get out and choose a new method of running and building your endurance. Outside running is very different. You have the elements of multiple roads, sidewalks, and surfaces to make you shift your routine – a stark change from running straight on a treadmill for 30 minutes. Get the right sneakers to minimize the effect that this change will have on your knees, shins, and joints. Your body will adapt to the surface change over time. I recommend running outside because the air outdoors, of course, differs from the air inside a gym. You will be forced to work harder and breathe harder outside which, in turn, makes you burn more calories. A bonus for outside running: you’re less likely to get bored because you will have scenery to look at.
If running wasn’t your thing in the gym and you were more of a “lifter” trying to build muscle over the last three months, there are actually a few things you can do outside that will continue to build muscle. Some gyms offer outdoor training, such as flipping/pushing tires or using a sledge hammer to work out your back, shoulder, and arm muscles. There are many things that personal training can help you with while adjusting to the outdoors.