Statistically speaking, summers are a horrible time to get in shape.
It’s when folks are most motivated to look and feel their best – but few ever do.
For many, the social calendar steadily builds to a crescendo of backyard barbecues, cottage get togethers, and patio cocktail binges.
In one major study, it was found that any weight lost during the week readdresses itself on summer weekends, leading the study’s authors to conclude that they’re just as bad for your fitness goals as major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
So you enjoy life…
I’m not gonna eat your lunch for that.
(Although I’d be assuming the burden of those calories for you.)
What I will do is give you some weapons with which to strike back at the deadly scourge of summer pool parties.
First off, if your plan is based on controlling yourself, you need a new plan – especially if even a splash of *the drink* is involved. Instead, try to take self-control out of the mix as much as possible. As per a core principle of my success philosophy, think in terms of making what I call context changes to your environment.
A radical context change would be to simply not agree to any social invitations. While such anti-social behavior does have its applications for your physique goals (and possibly money-saving goals), it’s not necessarily the most realistic option.
For some examples of less extreme measures that allow for both summer fun AND summer wellbeing, peep the following…
*Don’t show up hungry – eat a meal or snack right before a social event (to the self-control piece: a well fed brain is a stronger one. Low brain glucose drops willpower like an anchor.)
*Make an accountability pact or ridiculous bet with a friend. You can (a) promise to keep each other in line, or (b) set guidelines and deter cheating with an embarrassing consequence like, e.g., starting every sentence with “my friend [friend’s name], the greatest living human, has granted me permission to say…” See? Parties can be fun without food.
*Keep logging your nutrition, even at nightclubs. I have an industry friend who logs his vodka-water on his phone while standing at the bar. He’s a bit of a buzzkill, but he’s lean.
*Book a class, or a training session in the morning to offset the sins of the afternoon. (GIANT CAVEAT: This one won’t do diddly squat unless combined with some form of moderation on the consumption side. You’ll never run far enough, or fast enough to outpace indulgent eating and drinking…and you’ll probably injure yourself trying.)
You get the drift.
Have some fun with it.
The main thing is to respect the destructive wiles of the weak-end.
Invoke some brain power (not just body power) to beat the class average.
Only then will you emerge from the season unscathed – but for the occasional sun burn.
P.S. Another great example of a context change? My 16-week program. Call me at (416) 826-4844 for your complimentary personal training consultation to break the summer curse, and discover how to take control of your health, once and for all.