2018 is wrapping up and 2019 is getting closer. In other words, BOOTCAMP season is here to rally the short-term fitness and diet enthusiasts far and wide!
30-day or 6-week fitness and diet challenges can be tempting. They make you feel like you’re committing to something valuable and manageable, as the short time frame of just 4 to 6 weeks seems less overwhelming than committing to something for one year, let alone for life. And they seem like a way to bring quick success in your life.
Challenges like the Whole Life Challenge are part of our gym programming, and are multifaceted in diet, exercise and lifestyle
For the record, this doesn't mean short term challenges aren't valuable ever. They can be valuable to kick start you into something larger, but there needs to be a plan AFTER the 6 weeks are up! We find they're also valuable when you are already on a fitness and diet journey, as a way to tighten up some of the changes you have ALREADY made. But a 30 day or 6-week challenge in a vacuum in your life, with no pre or post 6-week challenge plan, are generally not that useful for long term change.
Generally speaking, though, the whole concept of a short-term challenge is flawed. What happens after the 6-weeks are over?
Well, usually people just go back to their old habits of sluggishness and eating like crap, often because they exhausted all of their mental capacity during those six weeks, or because they didn’t see the IMMEDIATE results they were hoping for, so they wonder what it was all for anyway…
Here’s a TWO-STEP challenge to you:
- Commit yourself to a training program and a healthy way of eating for ONE YEAR minimum before you assess the results.
- Hire a coach for both fitness and diet, and surround yourself with a support team
Here, we’ll steer you in the right direction:
Diet: Commit for a year
We’re a big fan of Precision Nutrition because when you sign up as a client with them, you get a personal coach and coaching for an entire year, as well as daily lessons to complete and access to an online community, where you can connect with others who are also going through the PN program.
The idea with PN is that it’s a full year long commitment, and they really focus on helping you make small changes slowly build into big, and more importantly, lasting change. Check out more on the PN website here: (https://www.precisionnutrition.com/). They also have a great blog with a wealth of reliable and useful information. Your coach here at Forge Valley Fitness is also a great resource for dietary guidance. Check out this page for more information.
Fitness: Coach for life and community
While Precision Nutrition does a great job tackling the psychology of change and putting you on the path to eating and moving better for life, what’s missing is that all-important IN-PERSON coaching and greater community of people to keep you on track (PN is a 100 percent online program). If you become a PN client, they strongly encourage you to also create a support network of people in your real life.
This is where we come in:
With us, you’ll also have a coach (not just for a year) but for life to work with you at whatever fitness level you’re currently at to improve how you move, heal injuries, and become more fit than you ever could have imagined. You’ll also be surrounded by likeminded, health conscious people who will quickly become both your supporters and friends, making your new, healthier way of living much easier to stick with.