As humans we are constantly changing.
It’s easy to know this in theory, but when it comes to living our daily lives it can (at times) be hard to accept… and there’s no exception when it comes to our health and fitness.
We can sometimes get it in our head that we should always be moving the needle forward… being the fittest and leanest version of ourself, PR’ing our lifts, having loads of time to put towards our bodies.
The truth is just like the seasons change around us, so do seasons of our life evolve and transform over time. You don’t need to set the expectation that EVERY season needs to include us kicking ass in all aspects of our lives.
There are going to be times in our life that may be a little more simple. Examples can include: You don’t have kids, your job isn’t causing much stress, you’re young, you’re single…
Or you may be going through a phase in your life that means you have much less free time: You could be going to school full time and working at the same time, growing your family, have a job that requires many hours and stress, dealing with a family event… there are any number of things that can make our season in life feel like we have little left in ourselves to give.
No matter who you are, there are going to be ebbs and flows that we can’t predict. You could go from a carefree season of your life to having a major life changing event in an instant that makes your day to day look totally different than it did the day before.
The problem lies when we are constantly comparing what our body looked like or was capable of doing during a season that was totally different from the one we’re in.
It’s like looking around during the winter time expecting to see a flower on the ground and getting mad at the earth when you don’t see it: It’s unfair to expect.
Maybe we just had a baby and now our workouts have gone from 2 hours a day to 10 minutes if we’re lucky. Maybe we got injured and have stopped being able to make progress on a movement we once loved. Maybe we went through a pandemic and have a hard time getting back to our pre pandemic weight.
No matter what your case may be, this is your reminder that it’s OK to embrace every season (even if it’s not your favorite) Embracing the various phases, from the excitement of new beginnings to the challenges of setbacks, allows us to grow, adapt, and ultimately become the best versions of ourselves.