Here is another fantastic guest post for you all today! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks again, Susie!
Hello, hello, all of Heather’s lovely readers! For those of you who do not know me, I am Susie, and I spread glad tidings of warmth and nonsense over at Suzlyfe.com. I adore Heather’s blog–unlike myself, she actually offers informative advice as well as a covet-worthy lifestyle and maybe the best domestic skills ever. (I dream big dreams, then I regift). Regardless, I am glad to have your ears and eyes for the moment, and I hope that you don’t retaliate against Heather when she returns!
In my opinion, I think that there are 4 experiences in life that truly teach adaptability, patience, and perspective in a manner unparalleled by anything else: planning a wedding, having children, training for a marathon/other really really big physical life goal, and finding the perfect pair of pants. I can speak to 3 of the 4, but for the purposes of this discussion, we are going to hone in on the last two.
In my mind, training plans are like jeans. One Size Fits All does NOT apply here!
I have a perfectly decent body–I am 5’5″, slim, well shaped and muscular. You would think that it would be easy for me to find a good pair of trousers. YOU WOULD BE WRONG. I am a nearly impossible fit. The brands that everyone loves? They don’t fit. Believe me, I’ve tried. And even when I find a pair that works, 99.9% of the time, they have to be altered. And if I try to purchase the exact same pair 6 months later? They likely won’t fit. Something will be different.
Finding a training plan follows the same thought process. I am a runner, currently training for my 2nd marathon. I am also a yogi, a lifter, and a former horseback rider. So on the surface, I should be easy to fit. But like my thicker-than-average-for-my-size waist, there is one outstanding factor– that makes me a difficult fit.: I have a chronic illness that prevents my body from rebounding as quickly or optimally as I would like. Consequently, I have learned quickly that flexibility and adaptability, both mentally as well as physically, are critical to training plans.
Training pushes us all to our limits–pushing out bodies to trigger an adaptation response. But the wrong plan will push too hard, too far, for us to rebound as the training plan dictates. Just like trying on a pair of pants that are two tight–pushing ourselves too hard, too far, before we are ready is only going to result in not being able to walk properly.
So what if you go up a size, change styles?
Like the perfect jeans, the right plan lifts, tucks, stretches, holds, and likely needs altering from its original state. And even when you find the right fit/get it tailored, there are going to be days (cough a certain week) when even your perfect jeans won’t fit. There are going to be days when you wake up and it just isn’t there. Something isn’t firing, isn’t clicking. Does that mean you failed? Nope. Just means you need to wear another pair, a more relaxed pair, of pants for the day. Your go-tos will be waiting for you when you get back.
The moral of the story? You are going to have a bunch of failures before you have that epic success, and you might need to change it to make it yours. And there will be days when things just aren’t right. Don’t force it–use those days to regroup, refocus, and reengage.
Health and fitness is personal. There is no one-size-fits-all. Find what works for you, trendy or not.
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I am not, however, YOUR fitness professional. Therefore, please regard the following statements as opinion backed up by fact and reason, but be sure to draw your own conclusions and consult a medical or sports professional on a personal basis before beginning or altering any programs.
Where do you find your training plans? Will you alter them or do you have to stick to them?
How many of you have a hard time finding jeans, too?
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