Inspire the uninspired

Sitting at home with a fever and runny nose, I started thinking really hard about whether I should write a blog post or go training. The answer is clear. The more difficult question was what should I write about? I am regularly annoyed by the posts I see on my Facebook timeline. I could write things like, why “Functional Fitness” is stupid or why is it that most people out there have less than optimal Deadlift technique. But I don’t want to offend other people, nor do I want to spread any further negativity. Then I realized, the thing I get a lot of credit for lately is how I inspire the uninspired.

I can’t take all the credit for the slogan, as I borrowed it from a new and cool fitness podcast series called PEAK . In episode 7, I heard that sentence and it stayed with me. I actually did a podcast with Mark from PEAK and it was great.

I regularly get messages from strangers complimenting the work I do, especially with training women. Lately, a lot of my male clients are missing in action and I have lots of new female clients (sometimes along with their kids). And I realized that most of the women I train are fairly strong. And yes, we do the same stuff as their male counterparts. We squat , do chin-ups, deadlifts. The kids as well.

When I train with some of my female clients and they observe each other, they are all incredibly supportive and always encourage each other. The biggest challenge I face is how to inspire those who are currently inactive and would benefit most from being more active.

How much exercise is actually enough?

When we look at the current scientific evidence on physical activity from the ACSM, we can see the actual time we should be doing some sort of cardio or strength work is quite a lot:

Cardiorespiratory Exercise

  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
  • Exercise recommendations can be met through 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (five days per week) or 20-60 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise (three days per week).

Resistance Exercise

  • Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.

In a nutshell that means we should be doing some sort of activity pretty much every day. And it should also be challenging enough over time, so we can make use of these health benefits. This might be very overwhelming for a lot of people and we need to incorporate a step by step approach to start some kind of activity and then make it more over time.

Last month I was offered great opportunities to do a few Workshops and used the opportunities find a solution to these problems.

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As an inactive person, it is not important or realistic to start with all these points from above. You have to find one thing that you are ready to do right now. A few examples would be:

  • short run in a park once a week
  • join a HIIT class or Bootcamp at a local gym
  • do one boxing class per week
  • find a coach which seems authentic and start doing some Personal Training
  • etc…..

It doesn’t really matter what, as long as you enjoy it, you will feel the immediate benefits. I Promise! The only thing is you have to start right now. And I mean right NOW! Procrastination is not going to work. Put your phone away and start moving.

If you have problems, let me know your struggles, thoughts, and experiences. Please write them in the comments below or as a message. And share this post with people you know, who will benefit from these strategies. Thank you.

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