Getting Back After The Summertime Slump
Every summer there is a slump in attendance.
People go on vacations for one, two, sometimes three weeks.
You get back from vacation and aren't quite motivated to get back into the gym, so another week goes by.
You say to yourself you'll get back after a few days of cleaning up your nutrition so you feel better, or after reducing your alcohol consumption, or improving your sleep.
It's all true, you will feel better after cleaning up your nutrition, alcohol, and sleep, but let's call a spade a spade, they are still excuses for avoiding something difficult.
Your first class back will be rough, there's no denying that.
But it's like ripping off a bandaid. Two seconds of displeasure and then it's done and you can move on. You just need to do it. Versus the slow-motion painful peel-off of doing one class here, and then another 5 days later, that in my opinion is even worse.
There are, however, a few things you can do to aid yourself in coming back to class:
First, modify and scale down. Whatever you did before the slump, do 50% less intensity and weight. The goal of the first couple classes back is just to come in, move, and sweat. No expectations, no worrying about your score, just come in, socialize, and sweat.
If you come back and jump right back into it, you will be very tired and very sore afterwards, both of which discourage another class in the near future.
Second, schedule your classes into your calendar. For real. Make an appointment in your Google/Microsoft/iPhone calendar for your class slot. You wouldn't cancel a dentist appointment you scheduled, same thing with a workout class. Both are self-care. Don't cancel on yourself!
Last but certainly not least, enlist the encouragement of a friend or coach! Everyone can use an accountability partner every now and then. Just tell them you will see them at ______ class, and if you aren't there, to message you. Everyone knows the position you are in and how helpful it is to have someone in your corner helping you out!
Closing note - Remember the single biggest determining factor of "success" when it comes to health and fitness is CONSISTENCY.
Like the picture below shows, there will be times when you feel like you are crushing it and seeing all the gains, and other times you feel like you are far behind and getting started after the summertime slump is not worth it.
This is totally normal and we all feel this, even the coaches.
All that matters is you get back on the train/bus/wagon and keep putting effort in to your goals!