“MUSCLE TUFF” – Don’t Believe the Hype
Pablo Picasso once said: “It took years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child”.
Exercise is no different. Picture yourself as a 12 year-old, running in the park, playing netball or kicking a football until it was too dark to see. Having fun and challenging yourself without actually realising you are improving your overall health and wellbeing is the key to regular exercise.
People need to get this mindset back, avoid the hype and endless rows of treadmills if they want to start enjoying their training and maximising the benefits of life’s one true age reverser and natural high the ‘endorphin’.
Let’s start by looking at exercise from a different angle. Jerry Seinfeld once said about exercise, “I love to exercise, but I still have to laugh at it. You go to the health club, you see all these people and they’re working out; they’re training, they’re getting in shape. But nobody’s really getting in shape for anything. In modern society, you really don’t have to be physically strong to do anything. The only reason that you’re getting in shape is so you can get through the workout. So we’re working out, so that we’ll be in shape, for when we have to do our exercises. That’s comedy.”
Being a slave to the gym does little to improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Training up for an event, joining a team or an adventure holiday will give your workouts purpose! It will also open the doors to all sorts of different training options, not just the same class you have done for five years. You will learn more about how your own body works, which will lead to changes in your diet and ultimately provide a well rounded training regime that continues to change when you want it to.
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to set goals for yourself and follow through on a plan to achieve them. Smaller-scale, short-term goals and challenges are a good measure of success along the way. This helps to provide a sense of accomplishment, keep morale high and enable you to reassess where you have been, where you are going and how best to get there.
So, why not start with a blank canvas . . . write a few goals that will get you back into the game . . .get a little help from your friends and rediscover your inner child.
For more information contact the SportSpeed team to book in for a complimentary ‘inner child’ consultation.
Top 5 muscle tuff tips
1. Try to cover as many of the 5 essential aspects of physical training in your training so you are ready for life's opportunties, challenges and the demands!
1. Aerobic Capacity (Cardio-vascular/respiratory capacity)
2. Body Composition (Ratio of body fat to lean body mass)
3. Muscle Strength
4. Muscle Endurance
5. Muscle Flexibility
2. Use a special occasion like an event, a wedding invitation or a summer or ski holiday as a motivator to develop a consistent training routine!
3. Ask your trainer and friends as many questions as possible to learn everything you can about improving health, wellbeing and vitality!
4. Be yourself and find your fitness Niche
5. If you’re a competitive athlete get tested find your strengths and weaknesses and work on your weaknesses to bridge this gap.