In this week’s instalment of our blog we move away from food – although we will be back to cover that more in future episodes.
This week we’re going to discuss activity.
Now this might seem like a pretty obvious subject but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to cover it.
For a lot of people, the main activity level that people think about when they’re on the path to find a better version of themselves is the time they spend in the gym, training sessions, running and classes etc.
But, what can have the greatest impact on you being able to reach those targets is what you do AWAY from all those things.
All those trainings are important but look at it this way. If you attend 3 x 45 min sessions of your preference each week. That’s 2¼ hours in total.
Less than 0.015% of the time for the whole week.
So, if you’re not doing anything else to be active for the rest of the week then you’re not exactly stacking the deck in your favour.
Now before you start worrying about needing to step your training levels up to athlete standards, slow down 😊
This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to train like a madman (or woman) but there are some basics that you can do that will improve your results.
Even more importantly than that it will help your mood, mindset and the way you feel about you.
Exercise is the most underused ‘Feel Good’ drug in the world with all the hormones it releases into the body.
So how can you implement this?
Well, as usual there’s a couple of different ways to tackle this depending on where you are right now
First thing that’s often overlooked is the daily number of steps you take. Pretty much every phone these days has a way of tracking this even if you don’t have a FitBit type watch.
The daily average adult step count is between 5-6,000 a day….quite a way off the recommended 10,000 daily.
So first step (pun intended :p ) is to get that daily count up to the 10,000 mark.
If you’re around 5-6,000 now don’t make the leap in one go. You’ll make it for a few days and then fall back into your old patterns.
Instead aim to add 1,000 every week or so. This gives you chance to get used to incorporating these steps into daily life and becoming a habit.
That’s what this is all about. Life habits. Not some hit and miss yo-yo-ing system.
Ok so you’re ready to take it up to the next level. You’re hitting you 10,000 steps minimum a day. And have been for least a month.
You’re training in one form or another at least 3 days a week.
You’re now going to get active on the rest of the days of the week as well.
Everyday, for 30-45 mins you need to be purposely active.
What do we mean by purposely active and is that different from just plain old active?
Active is just moving around. Doing something. It doesn’t have to be at a certain pace, level or intensity for it to be activity.
Purposeful activity is more intense. You’re going to be looking to not just be active for that duration but to be active enough that you break a sweat. Or at least that your heartrate is elevated a decent amount.
This can be anything. A fast-paced walk, cycling, chasing the kids round the park, football, roller skating, dancing, running, it could be a gym or class session.
The options really are limitless. Just as long as your heartrate is elevated for at least that 30 minutes.
Whatever activity you choose make sure it’s something you enjoy.
If you absolutely hate it then you’re going to resist doing it and not be anywhere different in 6 months than you are right now.
We have a wide range of options available at ELYTE Fitness. From the Core, Conditioning, Power & Strength training sessions.
To the Yoga & Pilates classes that we put on.
Not forgetting everyone’s favourite Spin, Bootcamp & Run Club
So there’s plenty of options to keep it interesting for you
Let us know how you do with this 🙂