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The Fitness Trap

As I wander down the rabbit hole of social media, I came across someone who is doing 100 workouts in 30 days!! Wow, that was my initial reaction. Then followed with, but why? The answer was well...... this helped me lose the weight before.


Does this sound familiar? Yeah, me too. I have been there done that and am here to tell you it isn't the solution. I like to call this the fitness trap. It involves the idea that you "have" to do this workout and follow this schedule in order to get these results. Look at these results they advertise! 30lbs in just 30 days insert before and after photos. Then 3 months later.......I see the same person trying to lose that same 30lbs again.


I have done this. I have been that person. Don't fall into the trap. This is feeding the all-or-nothing thinking. As a parent this thinking can cause so much anxiety. Our lives are ever-changing adjusting to schedules and other needs. There will be days you can't squeeze in a workout, there will be times your body just needs rest. These days will NOT ruin the week. I don't need to wait till Monday to start over, or the beginning of the month, or the next challenge group.


SOMETHING WILL ALSO BE BETTER THAN NOTHING!


I am pro-movement. Finding something you enjoy, that you can show up to consistently is truly key for long-term success. In the same breath consistency does NOT mean it is something you have to do every single day or even 5 or 6 times a week.


Start slow. When I start with in-person clients we typically start 2 days a week, and we get results. Prioritize the activities that are easily achieved. Take a walk, go for a bike ride, go for a swim. "Workouts" don't have to be time spent in the gym. Working on showing up consistently then add in days and time as your schedule allows.


Start small, schedule 10 minutes twice a week as that becomes easier add in a little more time. Be patient. This isn't a sprint it's a marathon, it is not about how fast you can lose weight it is about overall health. It is about building a strong foundation to carry you through the rest of your life.


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