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Building A Summer Body? I've Got Something So Much Better - How About Building A Lifestyle?

Updated: May 14

Build more than a summer body, build a lifestyle

Welcome to my personal training blog, where we're not just focused on seasonal transformations or quick fixes. Here, the goal is to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that lasts beyond the summer months.

Let's face it; the concept of a "summer body" has been glamorized in society, often leading to crash diets, extreme workouts, and unrealistic expectations. But what happens when summer ends? All too often, people revert to old habits, and the cycle repeats itself year after year.

I believe in a different approach—a mindset shift from short-term goals to long-term well-being. It's not about getting "beach-ready" for a few weeks; it's about feeling strong, confident, and energized every day of the year.

Achieve your fitness goals

So, how do we build this lifestyle?

It's actually quite simple, lets not overcomplicate it!

Mindful Eating: Instead of restrictive diets, let's focus on nourishing our bodies with wholesome, balanced meals. Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats into your diet. Pay attention to portion sizes, listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues, and practice mindful eating by savoring each bite without distractions.

Eat Mindfully

Consistent Exercise: Forget about the frantic workouts to "lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks." Find physical activities that you enjoy and can sustain long-term. This could be a mix of cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, or swimming, strength training with weights or bodyweight exercises, flexibility work such as yoga or Pilates, and activities that promote relaxation like hiking or dancing. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, and don't forget to include warm-ups, cool-downs, and stretching for injury prevention and improved mobility.

Workout consistently

Rest and Recovery: Recovery is essential for muscle repair, hormone balance, and overall well-being. Prioritize quality sleep by establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and optimizing your sleep environment. Incorporate rest days into your exercise routine to allow your body to recover and prevent burnout. Consider incorporating relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or gentle stretching to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Get lots of rest and relaxation

Mindset Mastery: Develop a positive mindset that focuses on progress, not perfection. Set realistic, achievable goals that align with your values and priorities. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and learn from setbacks without self-judgment. Practice self-compassion and cultivate a growth mindset that embraces challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.

Be mindful always

Community Support: Surround yourself with a supportive community that shares your health and fitness goals. This could include friends, family, workout buddies, or online communities. Share your journey, seek advice and encouragement, and celebrate each other's achievements. Collaborate with a fitness coach or trainer who can provide guidance, accountability, and personalized support to help you reach your goals effectively.

Surround yourself with a positive community

Holistic Health: Wellness encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Take a holistic approach to health by prioritizing self-care activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. This may include practicing mindfulness and stress management techniques, engaging in hobbies and activities that bring you joy, fostering meaningful connections with others, and seeking professional support when needed.

Practice wellness on every level - physical, mental and emotional

Now, let's talk about the role of social media in our fitness journey

Avoiding Comparison: Social media often portrays idealized images of fitness and beauty, which can lead to comparison and feelings of inadequacy. Remember that everyone's journey is unique, and progress looks different for each person. Focus on your own growth and celebrate your achievements without comparing yourself to others.

Avoid comparison, everyones journey is different

Reducing Information Overload: The fitness industry on social media is filled with conflicting advice, fad diets, and quick-fix solutions. Instead of chasing trends, prioritize evidence-based information from reputable sources. Consult with qualified professionals, such as registered dietitians, certified trainers, and healthcare providers, to create a personalized plan that suits your needs and goals.

Avoid social media information overload on dieting and health

Preserving Mental Well-Being: Excessive time on social media can contribute to stress, anxiety, and body image issues. Set boundaries around your social media use, such as limiting scrolling time, unfollowing accounts that trigger negative emotions, and taking regular breaks from digital devices. Engage in offline activities that promote relaxation, creativity, and connection with others.

Set boundaries for social media, or completely unplug

Focusing on Real-Life Connections: While social media connects us globally, prioritize meaningful relationships and experiences in the real world. Spend quality time with loved ones, engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment, and cultivate a healthy balance between online and offline interactions. Remember that life is about more than likes and followers—it's about living authentically and making genuine connections.

Focus on loved ones

By being mindful of our social media usage and its impact on our fitness journey, we can maintain momentum, stay motivated, and cultivate a healthier relationship with ourselves.

So, if you're tired of the "summer body" mentality and ready to embrace a holistic approach to health, you're in the right place. Together, let's build a lifestyle that's vibrant, sustainable, and uniquely yours. Cheers to a journey of growth, balance, and well-being!

remember, good vibes only

Don't know where to start? Do you have an injury or something holding you back from starting an exercise regime but desperately want to take care of your body and give it the health it so deserves? Give us a call! With knowledge and experience of over 15 years in this industry, we can help. We have ways of working around injuries, surgeries, rehabilitation, we've seen it all! Let us help you because our motto for Grand Rapids and all surrounding areas - Your Health Is Our Priority!!

Our facility is like nothing you'll find anywhere else, located near downtown Grand Rapids, with plenty of accessible parking - we'd love to help you achieve your goals, or even just get you started on your way.


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