I have around seven weeks of (unpaid) time off from work starting in March and am hoping to use them to get into the best shape I can -- I'm wondering what advice y'all might have. A few details about my current fitness, my goals, and the options I'm considering:
Currently I am 23 years old, 6'1" and 160 lbs, so weight loss is not a goal. However, since my metabolism has always been pretty brisk, both my diet and level of exercise have been generally been poor -- even though I know the long term effects on my health/mood, it is hard to convince myself to work out in the absence of short-term weight issues. This is especially true because, in part due to my poor fitness level, I find most exercises exhausting and unenjoyable.
So, my goal is to change that. Specifically, in the seven weeks I have free I would like to get into good enough shape to accomplish three goals: First, to attain a higher level of fitness; Second, to be in good enough shape that I can maintain that high level of fitness with only a few hours/week (little enough time that I can fit fitness into an extremely busy work schedule after the 7 weeks are up.) And third, to be fit enough that I can exercise without hating it/being exhausted by the end of the workout -- practically speaking, that seems to be the only way am likely to maintain a fitness schedule.
With those goals in mind, I wonder if some sort of fitness boot camp or fitness retreat might be best. I don't know much about them and many appear to be designed for extreme weight loss. However, some googling led me to Camp Technique, which offers an "exercise regimen ... for those individuals who want to ramp up their fitness level in a short amount of time" which sounds like it may be what I'm looking for. Of course, it's not inexpensive; the 6-week version would cost about what I make in 3 months. But, with frugal living between now and March I should be able to fit it into my budget. If a program like this has a realistic chance of setting me on a path to lifetime fitness, it seems worth the price.
So, several questions for y'all. Are my goals realistic for a intensive 7 week period? If so, would a fitness boot camp be the best way to attain them or is there some better/cheaper? (Keep in mind that I have limited knowledge and even more limited willpower so "stay at home and work out until in good shape" is not a realistic suggestion without details on what to do and how to motivate myself to do it.) Finally, if I do go the boot camp route, is Camp Technique a good option or are there any other programs y'all would recommend? Finally, I would appreciate any advice/anecdotes from those with personal experience with that sort of program.
Thanks so much!