Doubling Down Vs. Giving In
After almost a year of pandemic life, I’m sensing that a lot of people are confused about what to do for their health and fitness.
Are gyms open? Are they safe?
Depending on what’s happening in your neck of the woods, the answer is going to be slightly different. For example, I have colleagues in California that haven’t had the opportunity to open their facilities for close to a year now. These are fitness coaching facilities similar to Breakthrough Fitness. Appointment-based facilities that would provide a clean, socially distanced, safe environment for their clients just like we have since being able to reopen back on May 18th.
I think most people, who have struggled to exercise on their own, will benefit the most from a smaller, private training facility. Not just from a safety standpoint, although that’s a given.
But, also from the standpoint of getting better results. People who are serious about getting results are increasingly going to find that the personal coaching, accountability and nutritional guidance they can receive in a private studio are going to be much more effective.
In my opinion, now is not time to give in to the post-COVID reality of fitness.
Now is the time you double down.
You need to bet on you, and seek out the guidance and support that will help you navigate this new normal and get better results than ever.
Here are a few examples of what I mean:
Be flexible. If going to a fitness coaching facility is still impractical for you right now, seek out some help with setting up a home workout space. Double down by getting some guidance from a professional coach who has your best interests in mind and who can put together a program to help you achieve your goals.
Invest in a few quality supplements to help fill in the nutritional gaps. Covid opened my eyes to supplementation. Besides protein powder, which I consider more of a pantry staple, I was inconsistent with my supplements. I used to be very consistent with getting my Omega-3’s from a quality fish oil and I had lower cholesterol to show for it.
I guess my biggest issue was that I know the supplement industry is a billion dollar powerhouse and our (consumer) best interest is their top priority. That’s why I partnered with Eniva Health. They have a reputation of producing high-quality products.
Like anything, you’ll get what you pay for. My Big 4 Supplements from Eniva(the ones I personally use) are: VIBE (see below), Efacor (fish oil), protein powder and heart healthy cooking oil. The protein and cooking oil are more pantry items than supplements.
Prioritize self-care. The last year taught me to slow down and enjoy the small details of life. The never-ending rat race and pursuit of every activity under the sun isn’t the healthiest or most rewarding way to live.
Taking care of yourself has to be your number one priority. Seek out activities that nourish and satisfy you. When the weather is good, get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. Start a morning routine of stretching and breathing. Make time for exercise, whether that’s meeting with your trainer (in-person or online) or following a well-designed program at home.
Giving in to pandemic fatigue or using the pandemic as an excuse not to move a little and take care of yourself should no longer be happening. Never give up on improvement no matter how small it is. It’s time to look for ways to double down and prioritize your health and fitness.
Frankly, there’s never been a better time.