Feel Fit in San Diego at the Beach, at Home and at the Gym
With an annual average temperature of 70 degrees, one of the biggest upsides of living in San Diego is the weather. You don’t have to bundle up in the wintertime. But, it can also be the biggest downside – you don’t have to bundle up in the wintertime, so camouflaging extra weight is nearly impossible. And when one of the biggest activities in San Diego is spending time at the beach, it’s important to feel comfortable in minimal attire. So, we talked to Keri McGuire, owner of Therapy Social Fitness in Encinitas, who offered some advice for those trying to stay on track with their fitness goals.
Fitness with Friends is in Your Favor
The social aspect is a key component to McGuire’s gym where likeminded people gather and friendships form. Many of her clients call it their therapy hour. “That one hour when they’re there and they’re sweating and thinking about nothing else but taking care of their bodies. That’s their therapy time,” she says. “It’s kind of the x-factor that you should put into your business equation: the relationships you form and what your space means to your clients.”
A lot of people are intimidated by going to the gym, especially in group fitness classes where inexperience can make you feel awkward and out of place. But rest assured: no one is paying attention to what you’re doing. “You can modify however you want. You won’t be judged for it,” McGuire says. It’s more important to stay safe and keep going to the gym rather than attempt to go to a level where you’re not ready yet.
“I always say, get a friend. If you work out with a buddy, they hold you responsible,” McGuire says. “You know you’re going to meet your friend at class or you’re meeting a friend to push a stroller on a walk. You’re going to do it. You can only flake out so many times before you don’t get the invitation anymore. A workout buddy holds you accountable.”
The Effects of Fitness
Many people feel as though they failed when they don’t live up to their fitness goals and, instead of getting back on the horse that bucked them, they throw in the towel. Not only does inactivity affect your body image, but it can make you feel depressed, tired and stressed, which can affect your overall health.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that “trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine,” according to WebMD.com. “For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as ‘euphoric.’ That feeling, known as a ‘runner’s high,’ can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.”
Once you start feeling those endorphins and seeing the change in your body, exercise becomes habit-forming, or even additive, McGuire says.
When You Feel Good, You Look Good
In recent years, it became more obvious that “fit” does not have a one-size-fits-all definition. Take the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 issue, for instance, where the candidate “worthy” of the cover, in fact, went to three beautiful women: Hailey Clauson, Ashely Graham and Ronda Rousey. As if the fact that there were three different cover shots wasn’t surprising enough, SI, which oftentimes features bodies few women can relate to, shocked the public when they revealed three body types to represent its magazine.
Lean, muscular or a combination of the two have long been the widespread characterizations of what it means to be a “fit” American, but more people are realizing that “fit” is when you feel good. Exercise makes you feel good and, in turn, makes you look good, no matter your size. “Don’t try and compare your fitness level and your goals with someone else’s,” McGuire says. “It is truly such a personal experience.”
Make Room at Home and Get Moving
Going to the gym isn’t for everyone, but with all the online resources available at your fingertips, you don’t have to. “Utilize your space a little better, whether it’s in your garage or in your house,” McGuire says. By clearing some space you can create a workout haven that inspires you to achieve your fitness goals.
Easier said than done, right? After all, the reason why you store belongings in your garage and spare bedroom is because there’s nowhere else to put them. Most Americans have areas in their basements to store seasonal items, but when was the last time you saw a basement in San Diego? This is where Closetbox comes in handy. Decide where in your home you want to create a workout space, clear out the contents, box up anything you don’t use every day and give us a call. Our licensed, professional storage handlers will come to your front door and haul your stuff to our secure San Diego storage facility. You can get any or all of it returned to your doorstep when you’re ready.
A home gym is also advantageous for those who love going to the gym but don’t always have the time to do so. You’ve already taken the classes and know the moves, so mimic them at home. “You can easily hang a ballet bar or TRX over a door at home,” McGuire says. “If you can’t make it to the gym, you can do your own ballet barre moves at home or TRX workout because you already learned what to do.”
Just Move Whenever You Can
If you’re falling flat on your fitness goals, just know that you’re not alone. Take New Year’s resolutions for example. Out of the top 10 resolutions for 2017, three revolved around wellbeing (weight loss, healthier eating, self-improvements and exercising). However, studies show that only 8 percent of Americans are successful in their New Year resolutions. “It’s easy to fall off the wagon – you go a couple weeks without working out and it’s so hard to get back and do it again,” McGuire says.
Don’t wait another year to focus on your body’s wellbeing. Take a deep breath, slip on your sneakers and get moving. Yes, getting geared up to get your sweat on is easier for some than others, but with innumerable workout facilities in the U.S., online workout resources and—wait for it—the great outdoors, you have few excuses not to get your heartrate going, if only for a short period. “Any kind of movement of your body (is beneficial), whether it’s just walking around the block or holding a plank for two minutes before you go to bed at night,” McGuire says.
Do what you can to help make the world around you better for your mind, body and spirit. And if you need some space to get there, let Closetbox do the heavy lifting for you.