Today I’d like to share with you my favourite way to train for longevity.
In case you have forgotten, I am a firm believer in playing the long game with your health and fitness. It’s not about losing those “20 pounds fast”, it’s about losing it in a healthy way that you can sustain for life while feeling great on that journey.
It’s not about going “hardcore” and getting super strong by cutting everything out of your life for 12 weeks only to hate every moment, it’s about working at it consistently on a level that fits your lifestyle while making progress injury free month and after month, year after year.
I can’t stress this enough, when it comes to your health and fitness “Play the Long Game” trust me it’s vital every year and decade you get older.
“But Robin, how do you play the long game without getting sick of it?”
The answer is simple, think of focusing on your fitness efforts in “seasons”.
Here’s what I mean by that:
Just as the seasons change, you’ll want to change focus your fitness efforts. Pick ONE direction, give it a season, say 8-16 weeks and strive to make improvements in that direction. If you do it right you will still at minimum maintain your fitness levels across the board while improving the one aspect you are focusing on.
(More often than not, you’ll actually still improve several things at once which is a bonus)
Let me give you a more specific example,
Most people have a small laundry list of things they want to improve on. “I want to be stronger, more flexible, lose 20 lbs, have toned arms, not be out of breath when I take the stairs, oh and I have this nagging knee I’d like not to hurt anymore”.
These goals are all achievable, but focusing on all of those at once when you can only commit to working out 2-4 times a week isn’t a smart use of your time. Instead choose one thing on your list to focus on for the season and use the following 4 bullet points as reference that you can rinse and repeat for every season of your fitness training.
– Focus on one aspect of your fitness to focus on for the season
– Pick a few metrics that you can use to measure progress (for example jean size for fat loss)
– Create a realistic system or process that will work for your goal
– Put on the work consistently
I hope that helps. If you like the idea of training in seasons but aren’t sure where to start, how to stay consistent with that or how to do it right don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.