“It’s a lifestyle not a task, because movement is life” – Coach Kylie
Fitness what is it?
The magazines and media say, it’s the 6 pack or bikini body, the Ironman Endurance athlete, Olympic Champions etc all things that are not really realistic for the likes of you or me…But what if I told you fitness is relative, fitness is how you feel, how little you go to the doctors, that it includes your mental, physical and emotional wellness, that true fitness. Real Fitness is measured by the collective of these things and your progress and performance across the 10 general physical skills of preparedness (Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Power, Speed, Agility, Accuracy, Flexibility, Balance & Coordination) and the energy systems that drive your bodies actions?
Here is what I do:
SIMPLE – Keep it simple. Stay away from machines and trickery, they are not with you every second of the day, learn to use your body for the machine it is!
COMPOUND MOVEMENTS – Train more compound movements, these elicit a better hormonal response for building muscle and as a result burn more fat, not to mention are daily functional movements. ie Deadlift You pick things up off the ground all the time don’t you?
Keep the isolation stuff for your prehab or rehab!
MINDFUL – Don’t get lost in the music or TV Show, be conscious of what muscles you’re working, visualise your goals from training, block out the daily grind and stress, it YOU TIME
PLAY HAVE FUN – SIMPLY IF IT’S NOT FUN YOU WON’T DO IT! Train with a buddy, if out on a long run, set yourself targets, do a happy dance when you hit a new PR. Mix your training up with a new sport. The fun social aspect is also great for our mental and emotional wellbeing too!
EAT WELL – Don’t put yourself on a diet, choose to eat clean healthy whole foods daily, that offer a balanced blend of complex carbohydrates, complete proteins, and fats. Avoid excessive grains, pasta, white bread and processed foods and if you feel like a glass a wine or piece of cake every now and then ENJOY it, I call it the 80/20 Rule.
MEDITATE – We must allow our bodies and mind to recover, try and meditate for 5-10min once or twice a day. Taking the time to do this can help your body and brain de-stress and recover better from all your hard work at the gym and the office.
Things happen that are out of our control which affects our training and i’m not just talking injuries, just roll with it, if you’re not feeling strong today that’s ok go for a run or walk along the beach instead, don’t beat yourself up about it.
“Be true to you and let life happen – it’s a lifestyle after all” – Coach Kylie