Everything in life has a season. There are the inevitable seasons that we experience like winter, spring, summer, and fall, and there are less obvious seasons that we can miss if we aren't paying attention.
Seasons are just another word for change. We go through many changes in our life. Job changes, life changes, location changes, and body changes. We go through changes with our exercise routines, our nutrition plans, and our mindset. Some seasons are dark and dreary, and some seasons are light and energetic. No matter what season you're in right now, know that all seasons are temporary. They will change. You will not stay light and energetic forever, as you will not stay dark and dreary forever.
So, how can you acknowledge the season you're in and embrace it for what it's offering you? Well, first, you have to start paying attention to what it is that you desire more of. Are you missing anything in your life? If so, what is it? Ask yourself that question. Then ask yourself if right now is the right season or time for that to come into your life? If so, then make the necessary changes. If not, then don't beat yourself up. Just know that it's not the right season for that change yet.
There is a reason why sports have an "in season" and and "off season." It's important to embrace the down time. With fitness, if you don't take time to cross train, or rest, then your body will inevitably begin to break down faster. So, embrace the season that you are in right now. Don't feel like you should be in someone else's season. Your season will change. It's just up to you to recognize the right time to rest, and the right time to go all in.
My fitness advice: If your exercise routine has been slacking, and you are ready to kick it back into gear, appreciate the "off season" that you just went through for what it was, and begin training again for the new season ahead.
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Abby Malmstrom M.S. is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and "real food" nutritionist. Her life as an active duty military spouse takes her all over the world, allowing her to influence, teach, and connect with folks in communities she never even dreamed of reaching. Life's an adventure, so stay tuned for the ride! It's time to "Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Be Well."