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By The One on One Team

Last Edited: 5/26/24

Now that warmer weather is upon us and summer is just around the corner, it is easy to put your health and fitness on the back burner while spending more time on other summertime activities (i.e. yard work, vacations, kids’ activities, etc.). For this week’s Focus Point, we are going to discuss potential roadblocks and establish strategies to help maintain your training focus during the summer.

Keep exercise a priority

Time is often reported as the number one roadblock to engaging in structured exercise, and prioritization is the answer to this dilemma. By prioritizing what is most important, you will most likely make the time. Let’s think back to the holiday season and the “Race to the North Pole.”* The holidays are a notoriously busy time of year, but many of you met and even exceeded your prescribed training frequency. Why is that? Because you made the time to exercise. It was important so you made it a priority. As we move into the summer months, let’s all have a “Race to the North Pole” mentality and continue to prioritize structured exercise.

*One on One’s annual special event hosted for all clients.

Maintain formal exercise frequency commitments

Staying active over the summer generally isn’t too tough, but motivating yourself to go to the gym on a beautiful summer day might be. It is important to remember that, while good for you, outdoor activities like yard work, walking the dog, golfing, etc. are not considered formal exercise. These NEAT activities will not improve your fitness in the same comprehensive way. In order to maintain your strength and cardiorespiratory fitness, you must engage in formal exercise a minimum of twice per week (improvement requires 3-5 times per week).

Stay fit on vacation

One of the best parts of summertime is taking nice, relaxing vacations. Vacationing provides us an opportunity to step back from the daily grind and break away from our usual workout routines. Activities such as power walks on the beach, swimming, hiking, and bike riding are all great ways to exercise while on vacation. Be sure to talk with your trainer about developing a “To-Go!” program and your strategies for maintaining your exercise frequency while on vacation.

The bottom line: stay focused on your goals this summer

Remember to connect the short term with the long term; your daily decisions and actions need to line up with your big-picture vision. If you feel your motivation to exercise beginning to dwindle, consider why you are exercising in the first place. Keeping your goals front of mind will help keep you focused as summer approaches.