With every turning of the season comes the feeling of change. If you are like me, summer meant vacations, kids off school, a more relaxed time schedule…and a much more relaxed approach to fitness. Surely a day sitting by the swimming pool with the kids constitutes a workout, right? It sure was exhausting. Back to work post-vacation? Hot summer days leave much less energy for that after-work exercise session. And let’s be honest, sometimes you just need a bit of a break.
Now, with September right around the corner, it’s time to get back into (gym) gear! Now if you have taken a lot of time off and are feeling quite despondent at the idea of ‘re-visiting’ your fitness goals, take a look at my previous blog, How do we get started?, and realize you are NOT alone.
Once again, you have to sit back and reflect on WHY you have decided to get moving, eat healthier, and/or just attempt to improve your overall wellness. Is it to feel better? For your children? To fit back into your jeans which have been tucked away all summer? Whatever it is, make sure you don’t lose sight of it.
Having trained as a dancer from the age of 5, there have been very few periods in my life that I can remember which didn’t include physical activity. We won’t talk about my first year of university (and first year post dance training). I mean, what freshman doesn’t consider dancing at the bar on a Saturday night sufficient physical activity for the week?!
Anyway, I thought I would share a few things that work for me when it comes to exercise and keeping motivated.
Save time and try working out from home
Working out at home is about the most convenient way to get more fit. No drive time, the equipment is always available and with the right equipment, you can get a lot done in a short amount of time.
One of the trickiest parts of working out is programming how many, how much and how often. For us grizzled fitness vets, it doesn’t take long to come up with a workout for someone.
Especially if you use one of the most simple formulas there is for putting a workout together. This methodology is an approach used by Dan John and I’ve yet to find an easier way to program fitness routines.
All you need are exercises from the following movements, and BAM! Instant workout. The best part is these are five movements we do darn near every day, so if you can do them consistently, you’re chances of moving better regularly will go up quite a bit.