In these days of schedules and routines, where does fitness slot in?
Is it just another task that has to compete with all the others, or something you do because you want to and because you enjoy it?
Having goals is important. For example, we should all be exercising at a moderate intensity for 2-5 hours per week, along with some strength training.1 However, how, when, and where we achieve these goals does not have to be a rigidly structured weekly process necessarily.
In the words of the legendary athlete, big wave surfer and water-man Laird Hamilton2:
"My activities vary daily, weekly, seasonally, geographically, psychologically, depending on who's in town—you name it. The best way to maximize what a day has to offer is to look outside your window that morning, and then look inside yourself. What are the conditions? What are your options? What are your goals? What do you feel like doing? What does your body need? What did you do yesterday? Those are the variables. Consider them all, and come up with a plan."
"Fitness doesn't have to be a duty. It doesn't have to mean charts and graphs and heart rate printouts. It should be a pleasurable part of your life, and it should include things that you do purely because you enjoy them."
"Fun is an ingredient that people often forget in their fitness program. Put your imagination to work on your daily routine, and watch things change for the better."
As long as you know what you need to do, and genuinely want to do it, allow yourself to be flexible and creative perhaps.
It's bucketing with rain, so either wrap up or alternatively head to the gym? Your meeting ran over, and it was too late to stop off at the gym on the way home, how about 20 minutes of Pilates or home strength exercises using body weight or simple pieces of equipment instead?
I find the body actually likes variety, and although the training effects may be a little different, the overall adaptive benefits can be great when you mix it up.
If you need some advice or are concerned about your bodies ability to exercise safely, please call in and see us.
In good health,
1. Sisson M. The New Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy. Energy. 2017;110:20168.
2. Hamilton, Laird. Force of Nature. Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. Kindle Edition.