Many of you have written (thanks for all the messages guys – I really, really appreciate it) indicating that this summer has you more down than up. I can certainly relate. It is no secret that summer is my least favorite season of the year (except for the 7 years I lived in Los Angeles) and coupled with the additional challenges I’ve been plagued with for the past 3 years, it’s not surprising that I’ve wanted to respond with a “quitter” mentality.
But we must rally against that folks. This is the time when we have to dig deeper than ever before to weather the storm and persevere. I realize it is much easier to say this than to do it and many of you have asked for help in this regard, particularly when it comes to exercise. So here is what seems to be working for me:
- Stay strong mentally – Remember that fitness starts in the mind, not in the gym. I resolved at the beginning of the year that I was going to maintain a 35 to 40-mile weekly running goal and there is no way that I’m going to let heat and humidity prevent me from staying on target. You must resist the temptation to be lazy and press toward the goal. No excuses!
- Be creative with your run routes – You should have at a minimum 5 good running routes that include distance and diversity. It is imperative that you have a change of scenery for your running this time of year; otherwise it is just too easy to dismiss it with some bogus excuse. With all the lake communities, public parks, and good old fashioned sidewalks, there is no reason why you can’t keep yourself engaged – heat or no heat.
- Never run out of challenges – About two weeks ago, I was scheduled to do an 8-mile run. Upon hitting the 8 miles, I felt so good that I decided to keep going until I had completed a half marathon! It was unexpected and yes, it occurred during the middle of the day when the heat was at an all-time high, and guess what? I survived and so will you. You must keep yourself challenged or the lazy days of summer will get the best of you.
And as always, make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated and being super careful with your diet. I’ve already blogged about how “fat” our country is becoming and those of us committed to fitness must NOT join the ranks.
I definitely understand the summertime blues. I get them myself but we must fight it at every turn, and before you know it, it will be autumn – the best season of them all!
Keep the communication coming y’all. I always love hearing from you!