The Fragility of Fitness…
What’s the fragility of fitness I hear you ask? Let me explain…
I bet over the last 14 years (jeez, am I really that old?) I’ve had this conversation about 5,000 times…
“I used to exercise, but then (insert a totally normal life event here) happened and I stopped. I haven’t really trained since”.
I always think the same thing…. “So?”
So what if you got a new job?
So what if it was your child’s birthday?
So what if you moved house?
So what if work was really busy?
This is the difference between a lifestyle and a trend. If it’s your lifestyle, you adapt.
It’s the fragility of fitness…
I’ve never truly understood why a life event stops people from exercising for months or years at a time. A temporary hiatus, I get. Stopping training for months or years, I don’t.
This week, we’re having our bathroom converted. It currently looks like this…
It’s the kind of thing that stops people exercising.
I didn’t train last week, but that was because it was my job to strip the tiles and plaster off, so I didn’t have the time – after work it was straight home to do some more work on the bathroom until the kids went to bed.
In fact, I even got them involved. Cheap too – a fiver each and they helped me clear a lot of rubble!
This week, it’s back to it. Actually, it’s really convenient – not having a shower at home gives one a perfect excuse to go to the gym – you can shower there afterwards!
It brings me to this – if your exercise regime is so fragile that a normal life event can throw it off course, then something is pretty wrong.
Stop seeing exercise as a temporary thing. It’s not something you do for a short while, it’s something you do for life.
Like brushing your teeth or washing your hair.
If you want to be and stay healthy, you have to exercise.
Not for 5 hours every day, but some movement, 3-5 days per week. If you can’t get to the gym, do some bodyweight work at home. Go for a walk or a run. Ride a bike. Do 100 burpees in your living room – anything, just get some exercise in your day.
Exercise is a lifestyle, not a trend.
For less than £50 you can buy some gym equipment that will give you a great training option at home, so even on days when you can’t do your usual training, you’re still getting some work done! I show you the kind of kit you can buy in this post…
In summary, stop stopping your training. It’s doing you no good and it means you have to keep starting from scratch.
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