Getting in shape for summer

The sun is peeping out, the birds are singing, the weather is getting warmer.

For all those living in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer will soon be approaching which usually means wearing less clothes and having more fun!

But there is a little voice in many of us that says “you’re not summer-ready, you need to get in shape.”

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to “be in shape.” As a dancer, my end goal is very different from those who want to fit into a smaller size dress or reduce stress and live a healthy lifestyle. Neither definition is better than the other, but we need to be clear about what our end goals are.

Goals also vary from season to season and are dependent on where you’re starting from.

For someone who leads a sedentary lifestyle, running a marathon in a week is not a feasible or safe goal, yet for a runner who logs over 50 kilometres per week this could be both achievable and rewarding.

With Spring in full swing, right now is a great time to look ahead and start working towards our goals for the Summer. Getting in shape does not need to be a burden either. To me, it’s always been about how I feel and what I am able to do that I wasn’t able to before.

Ask yourself, what are my physical goals? Where am I starting from and what will help me feel good?

The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get in shape for Summer.

I know I’ll be in shape when I can get through an advanced level ballet class without stopping and still execute all the movements with their full range of dynamic qualities. Another goal I have is to run a 10K race in under 45 minutes. I have scheduled times to work on these on a weekly basis and I’m already feeling stronger and in better shape.

What is your definition of “being in shape?” What is one thing you would like to achieve from now until the end of June? Let me know and I will gladly cheer you on!