Fitness is one of those things that if you want to be a healthy person you need to have a certain amount of. But what doe it mean?
- Can you run for the train without getting out of breath
- Are you able to go for a bike ride or run without feeling like its the end of the world.
- Can you run up the stairs and feel ok about it?
- Are you able to carry two bag of food bag from the shop a mile away without stopping?
Whether you realise it or not you do fitness all day long and you need to be fit to be able to do the simple things in life. If you are worried about if you can do some of the activities above. Dont worry you can build up your fitness and keep it at a good level for the rest of your life. The beginning will be hard but maintaining it can be fun.
What is your favourite fitness activity?
You might have something that you love to do and it helps your fitness. Once you have found what this is then you are able to stay fit and able for the usual life activities. These favourite activities have to be built up over time for you to love then. A runner that loves to go for a run might not have always loved running. However, with lots of practice and learning to love it over time. A runner can feel really down if they don’t do there daily fitness activity.
As you start to enjoy it you also start to enjoy other aspects of the activity. For example, you might like the scenery and environments that you are running through. If you are running through nature this can relax the mind with all the trees and wildlife around. Giving you that extra sense of peacefulness.
What activities can you do that you’ll enjoy?
There are many fitness activities you can do and I’m going to write you a list. If you feel like one of them resonates with you. Give it a try for a few weeks to see what its like. After you have given them a go let your online personal trainer know how it went.
- Walking or running
- Individual sports like Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Canoeing, Climbing and many more.
- Team sports like Basketball, Football, Hockey, Baseball, Rugby, Lacrosse and many more.
There are so many fun activities that you can take part in that will improve your fitness levels. The great thing about it is that you will have fun at the same time.
How to make a fitness session fun
Now we are talking about a fitness session that is purely working your cardiovascular system using training techniques like HIIT, LISS, sprints or continuous cardio. The best way to make this fun is by working in competition with someone else. If you have a friend or family member that you want to train with. I would start to put together a training day with them because they will push you further than by yourself.
Raceday – set up your program to include a day where you do a race against each other. This works really well with Sprints or an AMRAP because it really easy to judge.
Sets with a sprint – If you have one exercise that is timed and a sprint which is over a distance. You can run this with many individuals and it will help their reaction time and sprint time agains and opponent. Great for football and hockey players.
Sets with a LISS race – If your trying to build your engine over a a longer distance this is great. For example, and isometric hold as an exercise and a lap around the athletics track. Do this for a number of sets with a rolling clock for each individual to push others.
As you can see fitness can be fun
All you have to do is have some imagination with your training routine to stimulate the body in a certain way. If you are wanting to train yourself in an anaerobic pattern. Make sure your are using your muscles in short bursts to create that output. The same goes for aerobic.
Add in different exercises that you might see in the gym used in a general set like squats or pull ups. Then set them up in a way that will get your body to work if you find it hard to get motivated to do these in the general sense. This will help you get a similar output but you will have fun with it.
Go out and try it in the park
At the moment you won’t be able to train in the gym. So try some of these ideas in your local park or large open space for your hourly exercise. If you have the ability to bring some resistance with you in the form of a weight or resistance band. It will make your workout more stimulating as you get used to more outdoor type exercise.