Wow what a week or two it has been. Life has become overwhelming at a completely new level with everyone’s stress levels on the increase.
In trying to work out how I personally cope and get through the restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19 my thoughts as ever revert to staying active and eating well. I know that only a limited amount is in my control but taking some positive actions significantly lifts my mood and improves my mental wellbeing.
We are in the fortunate position of having access to powerful communications technology and this can bring us together virtually if not physically. Inspire Me Fit already has a membership subscription page. This has enabled participants to supplement their classes with short online workouts at home with many adding a couple of extra 10 minute Pilates or HIIT sessions each week. The only dis-benefit being you need to be able to motivate yourself to login and workout.
Taking technology a step further, for the last 9 years we have run online fitness and fatloss programmes such as Body Reset, through a Facebook Group where workouts are performed via a Youtube video. The key to the undoubted success of this approach is that it allows regular communication between instructor and participant and more importantly between participants. At a time where we face isolation and lack of access to groups this technology can provide a lifeline. You have regular access to your instructor who will be there to motivate with regular prompts during the day and live broadcasts. Connect with like minded people and gain access to plenty of short, effective workouts, which can be done in your own home.
I am so pleased I took the time to learn and set up this technology as everything is already in place to help you stay fit and motivated through these unprecedented times. Furthermore, by next week we should be in a position to offer 'live' group classes via video conferencing. Of course the big benefit of you joining in the live sessions is your favourite instructor will as usual be checking out what you're up to and we can all communicate together.
For many people Coronavirus will have instigated financial worries. Understanding this we plan to cut our prices and offer further reduced rates for those who need it most. If you or someone you know has had a significant change to their financial situation we would like to help. Please contact Debbie for further details. We are a small business comprising local instructors who want to do what we can to help you while trying to survive the impact ourselves. Please hep us by sharing information and posting pics of you working out on our Facebook Page. The more support we get the more frequently we will be able to offer classes. Thank for all your help and support and stay safe.
A question I am asked regularly is how much exercise is enough? Of course this depends on your fitness goal and i’m not talking about how to train for a marathon here but how to stay 'fit for life’. The biggest issue is perhaps the type of exercise we do! My fitness week looks something like this:
Ideally I’d like to add in at least one more run or bike ride but this is a pretty good variety of classes and ticks the following boxes:
All these elements of fitness are required to promote good posture, help prevent against injury, stay lean, stay strong and ultimately stay active. To be honest the marathon runner or endurance athlete should also be doing all these types of fitness in addition to their sport specific training!
Take into account too, that for many areas of fitness, as we get older we need to train harder just to maintain the status quo! We try to convince ourselves that we shouldn’t do ‘hard exercise’ as its not good for our backs/knees/shoulders (insert what ever excuse you can find) and do a little gentle exercise each week. This is where we need to get real, with a few exceptions most people in their 30’s 40’s 50’s and 60’s should be out there getting sweaty and exercising hard. I have some amazing ladies in their 70’s joining in Kettlebell HIIT who would absolutely hate me suggesting they take it easy. They have started with Pilates to protect their backs and strengthen their core and joints before successfully adding more challenging workouts.
I know there are barriers to exercise but the first step is to dump any excuses about age and ability.
Time can also be a barrier. Classes are so worth coming to because you will get the most from your time investment. We make sure you are working effectively, we vary your workout to prevent the body getting lazy, we push when you need pushing, ease off when you need a break. If you can’t get to as many as you’d like though add in more weekly sessions using our Online Fitness Membership Subscription. For just £3.95/month you get unlimited access to 30 short but effective workouts covering all areas from HIIT to Pilates and Conditioning. It's accessible and great value for money.
This week I challenge you to review your fitness regime. What are you doing and why? Does the time you spend exercising serve a purpose or are you doing it because you always have? Are you convincing yourself that getting sweaty isn’t for you?
Remember we are here to help. Give me a call if you’d like a chat about your fitness. Our objective is get you doing the classes and activities you need, in order to achieve the life you want to lead.
With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, Debbie's philosophy is to provide results driven, progressive but functional training solutions that fit in to our
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