Now that we’re officially done with the seventh month of the year, it’s a perfect time to take a look back at your healthy (or not?) exercise habits and say, “What the hell?” Just kidding. The half-way mark of just about anything—household or work project, school semester, or workout program—is a great time to check in with yourself and see if a course correction is needed. More TRX and yoga? Need one or two Tabata sessions a week to shrink the waistline? Is it time to give one-on-one personal training a try for the last five months of the year? Think about it: five months. That is a significant chunk of time—more than enough to do something with if you decide to.
The following are a few questions to help you do a little self-reflection. I suggest you grab a piece of paper and write them down, along with the answers. Tack it to the wall of your closet or kitchen where it won’t get forgotten.
- In the past six months, have I exercised consistently, and what results have I seen? (This may be increased lung capacity/stamina, more muscle tone, greater flexibility, etc.
- If I have stuck to my exercise plan, and seen results, what can I adjust to kick it up a notch? (I can help you with this one!)
- If I haven’t been careful about sticking to my plan, what has gotten in my way? (Be honest! If you need to spend less time doing unproductive tasks like surfing the Internet or mopping the kitchen floor, write it down.)
- Do I need help setting realistic goals and creating a work out plan?
Summer is only half over, which means there is still a looooong time to get ready for the eating, I mean, holiday season. Regardless of what you’ve been up to this summer, hitting those goals or hitting the couch a little too often, there is time to either improve, or steer yourself right back on track. Don’t wait until it’s too late. 2016 is not a towel and you have not thrown it in on your fitness goals. You are making an adjustment.
Remember, it’s not about where you begin, it’s about where you end up. Fit, strong and having fun!