SFD—Seasonal Fitness Disorder

By March 15th, half of all New Year’s Resolutioners will have quit the pursuit of their goals. This is especially true for those who resolved to improve their fitness. If you find yourself in this category, you may be suffering from SFD–Seasonal Fitness Disorder.

Some individuals decide to commit or recommit because of an upcoming event–a trip of some sort, a wedding, etc. There should always be some baseline of fitness. True, we cannot train and maintain 110% all of the time. Periodization, the cycling of exercise variables such as intensity, duration, and frequency, is an ideal way to stay consistent while keeping the body guessing. We can increase these variables over the course of 8-12 weeks and reach a peak, before tapering and starting the process over again.

Last week, Pat, a good long-term client, mentioned that a beach trip was being planned. Even though at the time of this writing we are in late winter, Pat said “The only thing I have to do to get ready for the trip is to buy a new pair of swim trunks.”

Whether you are one of the individuals who might fall into the SFD category or someone who may be similar to Pat, feel free to reach out in case you or people in your organization need guidance in your personal fitness programs.