“Well, I was thinking I would put my membership on hold…you know, with summer here I will be out doing all kinds of things. I’m very active in the summer time”
As someone who works in an industry dedicated to helping people get in better shape, I’ll tell you these words always hurt.
It hurts because if I am hearing them, I am also watching someone lie to them self. They are not pulling my leg, they are kidding themselves on this one.
I can’t speak for other parts of the USA, but this is a common idea in Minnesota. Despite what you may think, MN is not actually bad for the weather. December to March can get rough but most of the year is a really enjoyable climate. I grew up in South East Michigan, the weather in MN is almost identical to what the Detroit metro area is seeing on any given day.
What happens every year is gym memberships and attendance fall to the bottom of the bucket in late May.
“I’m so busy in the summer!”
Yes you are. I have no doubt you have at least 3 weddings to attend. You have a family reunion. You have no less than 20 baseball games to cheer at. You have your softball league. You have 5-7 trips “up north” to your cabin. You have graduation parties, birthday parties, and of course holiday parties.
If I had to connect the dots between those I find some common connections.
#1 Most of these are happening on Saturday and Sunday
You missed your 45 minute exercise appointment on Wednesday because you have to be somewhere Saturday at 1 PM? Ok that will work fabulously when you put your ass on the scale next week
#2 All of these events are centered on eating and drinking
#3 the great majority of the events are done seated, or standing fairly still
Please spare me the long story of how much work you do when you are out camping. Do not include how you go hiking either. News flash, a 15 mile hike (fucking walking) is soundly defeated by those 3 cheese burgers, bag of BBQ flavored chips, half plate of cole slaw and 10 Bud Lites. Do not forget I have lived in the midwest most of my life, I know how shit goes down here
#5 No, you are not “maintaining” during this “down time”
#6 Yes, your observation around the first week of August is accurate, you are weaker, less fit now, and fatter
#7 Don’t blame anything other than yourself. It’s healthier to accept responsibility
#9 The “time you saved” by not exercising will be spent again ten fold when it comes time to “catch up” and that is a fact
I don’t bring you problems, I bring solutions
#1 keep exercising
that is all for now.