By Amy Lewis
Photography by ChiChi Ubiña

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates

The Spiral Effect is a term that originates from political science and mass communication theories; however, society has become very health and fitness driven, why can’t it be applied to the exercise world? What exactly is the Spiral Effect? It stipulates that individuals have a fear of isolation, which results from the idea that a social group or the society in general might isolate, neglect, or exclude members due to the members’ opinions. This fear of isolation consequently leads to remaining silent instead of voicing opinions. I don’t know about you, but not one thing above relates to me at all.

As we get older, I’ve noticed that the tendency can be to accept the aging effect. I’m here to tell you, do not accept it – ever – no matter your age. A fitness spiral happens because of an unwillingness to switch up direction. To stay healthy and fit for the rest of your life involves change – change in both diet and exercise. I love to run, but if you think that running five days a week for many miles will have the same effect it had two years ago, you are sorely wrong. It will, however, start affecting the joints and allow gravity to take control. Hate saying it, but runners do not typically have plump, beautiful muscle or tight skin.

How many friends do you know, who as soon as they got pregnant used it as an excuse to eat a dozen donuts, not exercise and order pasta at every meal, and in the end, they gained sixty pounds? Which, by the way, is extremely hard and takes discipline to work off. The same thing happens as you age. Eating the same food, doing the same workouts or not working out at all and then reminiscing about your twenty-year-old body. “You would eat whatever you wanted and not gain a pound”- stop it! Enough already. I want you to embrace that change and be a little abnormal, take some risks, up the resistance, and try something new. Every year re-evaluate, make goals, think about what’s working and what’s not. You’re another year older. Being wise comes with age, and honestly, the wisest thing to do is take care of your body.

1. Drink a lot more water! Flush the system.
2. Eat more protein.
3. Eat more soluble fiber.
4. Eat fewer Carbs.
5. Do more or less cardio.
6. Strength train.
7. Sleep
8. And be accountable! Show up!

I’ve made a lot of great friends in the fitness industry and wish I could commit only to them and their workout, but I’m all about morphing. We can’t be afraid to isolate. If you’ve hit a rut, then get out. The Fall season is an excellent time of year to start. As I tell my friends, take a risk, even if it means doing it alone. Trust that a lot of amazing things can happen in a year.

Photographed on location at 293 Stanwich Road, Greenwich.  Listing is with Courtney Belhumeur, Sotheby’s International Realty.
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