There are so many different trends when it comes to fitness. Over the past twenty years I have been a willing participant to sooo many different types of exercise class, boot camp and training programmes that you can possibly imagine. I’ve boxed my way through cardio classes, danced on step boxes, swung from the ceiling on silks, slid down poles and even tried to balance in a downward dog on a paddle board (tried being the operative word).
I think I’ve pretty much tried them all…..and still open to offers of something new if anyone has any suggestions?
Legs, Bums & Tums
One thing I am amazed at is how much the message has changed over the years from my Legs. Bums and Tums days. These were the classes in the 90’s where I used to lift 2lb dumbbells because my instructor would tell me “You don’t want to get big muscles, you just need to tone”. Whereas now, 20 years later, I am comfortably leg pressing 120Kg and still don’t have big muscles.
As research into exercise develops over time, so does the message we are sending out to people when they work out – it is constantly evolving and with this comes constant new trends and a huge variety of styles of exercise classes and programmes. Add into that the developments with the internet and BOOM……the latest trend of exercise can be rolled out globally in no time at all.
Exercise is just not for me
I think this is where so many people go wrong with exercise and why they end up either not sticking it out or they accept that exercise is just not for them. Its so easy to get caught up in the trends and thinking that you have to be doing whatever the latest influencers are doing – whether you actually like it or not. If you don’t like it, then there must be something wrong with you? Surely, because everyone else seems to like it, right? Wrong..
For me, no matter what workout I am doing whether it be a class, in the gym on my own or doing some random challenge up a mountain in Scotland – it has to be enjoyable and that is my non-negotiable. If Im not enjoying it, then im not doing it, whether it’s on trend or not.
No pain, no gain…..really?
We all know how hard it is to stick to something new, just look at new years resolutions. Most people will have probably already given up on theirs by the time this blog is posted and we are not even at the end of January. Enjoyment (or lack of) being one of the main reasons. Its simple really, it is so hard to motivate yourself to do something new, never mind if you don’t actually get any enjoyment from doing it. The same applies to starting new exercise programmes.
I know we hear the phrases “No pain, no gain” or “exercise isn’t meant to be fun” but it really doesn’t have to be like that. Exercise can be whatever the hell you want it to be – it is your choice and it doesn’t have to fit into a one size fits all box. Just because ‘Susan’ is doing yoga and feeling great, doesn’t necessarily mean you will and that is OK.
Which is the best exercise?
We get asked all of the time “Which exercise is the best for me to do?” and although we could list lots of different activities based on how many calories they burn, the phsyioligical benefits etc none of it will matter. Take running for example – its just a great exercise, doesn’t cost any money to do and is really flexible in terms of where you can do it. AND I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT! Therefore, I will never reap even a small percentage of the potential benefits available to me.
Find your own fit
At the FFA we are always telling our clients that they need to Find their Fit – meaning, they need to find something that they enjoy if they want to make it a lifestyle change and not just a short-term fad. It could be anything from walking the dogs, cross fit, classes, yoga, swimming, climbing, boxing, home DVD’s -the fitness world is your oyster!
They say variety is the spice of life – so why not add some exercise spice to you life? Get yourself a fitness buddy and start trying different classes, programmes, activities and see if you can find one you like. Once you find one you enjoy, you have overcome the biggest hurdle.
Keep me posted on your journey to “Finding your Fitness” and share any tips/recommendations for new things for our tribe to have a go at.