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Where Are The Summer Shreds?

Summer is creeping up quickly. Time to kick it into high gear, folks!

Are you itching for your summer shreds to come through, but aren't seeing any progress? Or, maybe you're seeing progress, but you aren't satisfied with the pace? Ask yourself the following:

1. Am I eating well?

YES: Great! Keep it up!

NO: Write out your meals for the week, prepare your meals in advance, download MyFitnessPal or a similar app to hold yourself accountable. Keep in mind that if your nutrition isn't on point, your results will be delayed and/or may not be met.

80% nutrition, 20% exercise, y'all! Abs are made in the kitchen!

2. Am I exercising regularly?

YES: Great! Keep it up!

NO: Get to work! I understand, not everyone's schedule allows for 4-5 gym sessions per week, but if you know ahead of time that you won't be able to exercise, find alternatives within your current schedule. For example, if you know you are going to visit a friend on Tuesday after work, meet at the lake for a walk rather than for happy hour. If you have chores to complete on Sunday, take a quick break between doing dishes and ironing to do some jumping jacks and ab exercises. It's that easy! It is all about making choices and using your time wisely.

3. Am I working with a personal trainer?

YES: Great!

NO: Hey, I'd be happy to help you! Personal trainers are there to push you to your limits, hold you accountable, and assist you in achieving your goals. Whether you are at the beginning your fitness journey or just looking to challenge yourself further, contact me and we'll create a plan that suits you and your goals.

4. Am I being consistent?

YES: Great! Keep it up!

NO: Try keeping a log or write out a plan. It is harder to stray away from your original plan if you write down the specifics - what and when you will be eating, what exercises you will be doing, and how many reps and sets you will be performing. This will help you physically see your goal and keep you focused on the desired outcome.

5. Am I listening to my body?

YES: Great! Keep it up!

NO: You MUST give your body time to rest. If you are new to exercising, start by going to the gym 2-4 times per week. If you are a seasoned gym-goer, aim for 4-6 sessions per week. Regardless of your fitness level, always allow your body sufficient recovery time in order for your muscles to reach their full potential. Otherwise, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of injury.

Refer to my Importance of Rest Days blog for more information.

Remember, consistency is key! Summer shreds don't happen over night, so be patient and listen to your body.


- Katharine

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