You are on the fitness road, you have been attending your training sessions consistently and are feeling great—your plan “A” is definitely working for you. But, then a transition begins in your life, perhaps it is a change in job, marital status, you have a baby, sustain an injury or relocate and the plan “A” takes a real hit. You are only able to attend your training sessions sporadically, the weight loss you achieved slips slowly away and the strength gains begin to diminish. What do you do now?
Well, let’s back up and return to plan “A” and assume that instead of a single plan “A”, you knew when you decided to make the commitment to a life time of health and fitness that you would have “life” happen once in a while. Therefore, you decided to develop a plan “B”, probably a plan “C” and if you are really proactive, a plan “D”! No matter how well your exercise program and schedule are designed, life will happen and consequently, being prepared for those inevitable events, with a “safety net” is the most effective way to combat the demise of plan “A”.
So, what does your plan “B” look like? Is it just a scaled down version of plan “A” or a very specifically considered plan that will keep you on the road to fitness success for life? Take a moment this week, even if you are having tremendous success with your current fitness program, and reflect on what is working and why and what modifications in your life might occur. Develop an alternative plan or two by considering the following scenario as a guide.
Plan “A” originally was to workout with your trainer on Mondays at 6 a.m.; Tuesdays attend an indoor group cycling class at 8 a.m.; Wednesdays a 6 a.m. run; Thursdays attend an 8 a.m. HIIT circuit group exercise class and Fridays attend a 6 a.m. indoor group cycling class which includes a weight training circuit. Saturdays or Sundays are family and recreational days which you dedicate to fun, outdoor activities making certain that one of those days includes recovery.
Now, consider what would happen to this plan if your job required you to arrive earlier to work.
An example of a solid plan “B” might look like this:
Workout with your trainer at 6 p.m. on Mondays; Tuesdays attend a lunchtime indoor group cycling class or an evening time slot; Wednesdays you have determined that since you are running from home, you will rise a little earlier and run at 5 a.m. rather than 6 a.m.; Thursdays attend a lunchtime express HIIT circuit group exercise class and Fridays you found out that the 6 a.m. indoor group cycling class which includes a weight training circuit you attended is also offered at 6 p.m., so you will attend that class instead. Weekends are still feasible for family and recreational activities, although you have found that Sundays work better than Saturdays, so Saturday becomes your recovery/errand day.
The message is to develop those alternative plans as you are enjoying your current plan. While we cannot predict all of the changes in our lives, we can at least attempt to head those changes off at the fitness pass!