Change is a certainty of life, and while some of those changes occur as the result of conscious decisions (such as choosing to make fitness an important part of your life), others occur naturally with the passage of time (aging), while some happen when we least expect them (injuries and other unintended consequences of things that we may do).

My formula for success in adapting to change is to focus on making constant improvements in efficiency:  Be as well-prepared as is possible for each new day, and be sure to plan not only for exercise time, but recovery time as well.

What am I going to do today that will help my life be better? And after that, what am I going to do to help my body recover?

Making your life better can be intentional:  Plan your workouts for the week in advance.  Prep meals for the week on the weekend.  Be efficient in the way that you live and the way that you work out.

And, allow professionals in the field to help you.  Our Instructors and Trainers are committed to the purpose of helping others, and are experts at doing so.  

If you build a house, you would hire an architect and engineer to be sure that it will stand the test of time.  Why would  you want to treat your body with any less importance?

Working with professionals is an investment in yourself, one well worth making.

Practicing good recovery habits is also very important.

When we were younger, we might have been able to go out until late at night, and then still feel great early the next morning.  However, as we age, the physiological aging processes in the body don’t function as well.

Warming up properly before a workout, with a stretch or yoga, is a great start.

Properly cooling down afterwards, with a good stretch and maybe some foam rolling, is a great finish.

Many people start a fitness program looking for aesthetic changes (lose weight, build muscle), but choose to stay with it for the long term because of the intrinsic rewards of simply feeling amazing from the inside-out.

Once you do feel that change, you’ll be more productive in all areas of your life, and in my opinion, that is the best investment that you can make.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.
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