“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.”
– Hugh Prather
I used to work out in the morning. When I was doing graduate studies, my roommate and I would wake up at 5:30 a.m., hit the gym, and get to work in the lab by 7. It was easy. If I didn’t feel like going to the gym, my roommate would motivate me. We didn’t let each other off the hook. This routine ended when I finished graduate school and started working. And I’ve never been in the gym that early in the morning since.
I used to run marathons. When I was first married with no kids, I would get home after work and train. Sometimes, I would run for three to four hours at a time. It didn’t matter to me or my wife when we ate; we didn’t really have a schedule. It was easy. No kids who needed me as soon as I got home, no sleepless nights sapping my energy, and no evening schedule to keep. This routine ended when my second son was born. I did run one marathon after that, but without the training, it wasn’t pretty. I haven’t trained for or entered a marathon since.
This list could go on. Thank goodness there are so many paths to achieving and maintaining fitness and health! To be honest, I don’t like being at the gym by 6 a.m. I work out at noon. This allows me to be home and spend some time with the family. I love that time. Now that my kids are older, they need me less when I get home. In fact, they’re often hanging out with friends. This opens up a lot of evening time for me. I could even go back to marathon training… but perhaps I’ll just sit on that one for a bit.
At different times in my life, I have felt that staying in shape was easy. At other times, it has seemed very difficult. I’ve had to adapt. I’ve had to hang up my running shoes and exchange them for weight lifting shoes. I’ve had to forgo going to the gym in the morning to ensure I’m at the office by 6:30 a.m. I’ve had to be creative, and it can be a fun process. I have never not exercised. It just looks different.
Here’s the point: be adaptable. I see many clients who are 30+ trying to get fit the same way they did in their 20s. “I used do X, Y, and Z,” they tell me, and they wonder why they can’t do it anymore. They fight to do the same things, only to fail week after week. But what if you have to adapt? What if being fit at this stage of your life looks different? What if you have to walk instead of run? Or completely change the venue you work out at because it’s no longer on your drive to work?
The FitMethod is adaptable. It provides an individualized approach that is sensitive not only to clients’ needs and differences, but is also adaptable so when your life changes, you can change with it and continue to see progress. The programs you get with FitMetabolism are designed to accommodate the physical and behavioural changes that happen when life shifts. This is how weight loss becomes sustainable.
You want to learn how to be fit and stay fit in every decade of your life? Then have a plan that is adaptable to the changes you will inevitably experience. A diet may get you there, but can it keep you there?