Modern Fitness and what this means to Len
Healthy pursuits are available in various shapes and sizes. It thrives under communal goals and collective sore muscles. 2021 is however the second year that the way in which we view health and fitness needs to be re-evaluated. Covid-19 has forced us to re think and redefine “modern fitness”. We can no longer just pop into a gym or studio space and many of us are going it alone and not always loving the idea. Resilience and adaptability have never been more important and to keep getting your daily immune booster and endorphin high, here’s what you need to do:
- Adopt a mindful approach to exercise:
Yoga is becoming a very important part of my fitness staple and the more I do it the more I enjoy the benefits and movements it has allowed me to do. My second munchkin Reine Christine Brophy is now 8 weeks young and yoga has allowed me to start training without the added worry of injury. Walking the dogs has also been a life saver and we will hopefully start jogging more frequently now.
Slower more mindful movement benefits our bodies in many different ways. Even though HIIT-training is still a very effective and popular way to melt the kg’s. adding a jump to a lunge (alone in my garage) moves me to tears. HIIT is also intense and can add stress and anxiety to your nervous system by elevating the hormone cortisol none of us needs right now. Slower more mindful exercise also reduces the risk of injury, postural issues and incorrect movement patterns. The bottom line: “slow things down and lift things better. You will have less chance of injuries and get the results you want. Contact me for your Mindful program to beat the winter chills.
- Transform a little corner in your home into an exercise haven
I have made a list of my short and long-term goals on the fitness front and proudly display these together with my favourite plants to give my little at-home-gym that motivated and inviting feel.
Dedicate a little area somewhere in your everyday living space to “move”. Whatever this may mean for you. Create an area that promotes focus and distracts from your daily work routine. Many of us works from home now and to take a break from the office you need to leave the office. Even if this means going down the hall to the spare bedroom, garage or garden. Keep your gear handy (only buy the essentials, you can always add on as you get more fit or adapt your regiment), play your favourite playlist and track, track, track. Watches, smart phones and apps keep you connected to your trainer and fit squad.
- Take a rest day
I love taking a day off from training mostly because I don’t have to plan. This also gives me time to be active with Noah which is becoming more challenging with him having just turned two and his oupa giving him a trampoline for his birthday😊 A rest day also allows for you to plan for the week ahead and have some of your emotional budget leftover for yourself.
Taking a break is not a sign of weakness and athletes always perform better after a good night’s rest. Sleep is essential to recover all our bodily systems. If we neglect sleep, we throw our system out of balance. Rest days are essential as it resets the body from training and prepare for the next workout. Resting during a workout allows your heart, lungs and central nervous system to adapt to the workout and allows you to excel throughout.
Hope this helped!
Please stay safe😉
Till next time