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3 Good Reasons to Train During the Summer

During the winter, many people train in the gym because they don’t appreciate cold weather, or simply because they can’t practice their summer activity in the middle of January. Some think they can give everything they have in the first five to six months of the year, and then resume their running or cycling season. They give up on the gym, thinking they can compensate with sports.

Before I show you the main reasons why you should not stop training, keep in mind that there are hundreds of ways to train. All you have to do is adapt your training to your “summer situation.” If you don’t know how, your kinesiologist will gladly build you a custom training program.

Maintain your gains

Most of all, you don’t want to lose your gains. We often talk of a 1:1 loss ratio in the fitness world, meaning that if you’re not doing anything, you will lose your gains at the same rate you gained them. And you probably know that the older we get, the more efforts we need to put in to improve. It would be a shame to invest so much energy into nothing.

You gave it your all in the first four months of the year? Do yourself a favour, and go to the gym at least once a week, even if it means waiting for rainy days. A good resistance training every week is usually enough to maintain your level.

You can still improve

Why would you give up on improving? Many people feel like they are losing precious sunshine hours when they train indoors. However, if you are already doing your cardio outside, you can perform muscular training sessions in 20 minutes or less, and this will be enough to IMPROVE your physical condition. More strength, more endurance, more balance, why not?

Generally speaking, we are talking of at least two sessions a week to hope for improvements, and even up to five or six times a week depending on your objectives.

It is better to follow your routine

This is especially true if you have a history of giving up on the gym. If returning to the gym at a specific date at the end of summer doesn’t feel natural to you, you should know that each year, many well-intentioned people extend their gym “break,” and some of them even get to the point where they lose the motivation to start again. Don’t take any chances, and fit at least one session a week in your schedule.

On that note, I bid you farewell!

By Xavier Jutras

Xavier Jutras

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université Laval, Xavier has decided to join the ranks of Nautilus Plus during the winter of 2012 to share his passion about training and sports in general. In sports, he has tried it all (soccer, tennis, dek-hockey, hockey, mountain biking, running, crossfit, etc.), so we could say he qualifies as a hyperactive person. That being said, between two sports, he particularly enjoys writing. Philosopher and blogger in his spare time, he gave himself the mission of selling you physical activity as the (sometimes unsuspected) solution to many of your questions and problems. With a very pragmatic approach, he will know how to guide you through the steps that will lead you to succeed in what should be one of the most important projects of your life: your own well-being. His motto: A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

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