How to make fitness work for you

I look at social media, read artciles, search on the internet and I get confused about what exercise I should be doing, what I shouldn’t be doing, how much exercise I should be doing, what I should be eating, when I should be eating, what I shouldn’t be eating. 

There are so many rights and wrongs and do’s and don’ts that apparently make all the difference in how you will look or how you wont look.  At the end of the day, its not surprising so many people give up on exercise, keeping active and looking after themselves.  In terms of fitness, every year there is a new fad to jump onto, or there’s a new gadget that will measure your day to day of everything...really.

So what do we do, what do we eat, what fitness gadgets are worth it, what do we listen to and what don’t we listen to. I’m definitely not here to tell you exactly down the line what you should do, I and the rest of the trainers at NRG are here to assist you, to guide you, to ensure you are working out using the correct techniques and exercises for your body and to help you look after you physically and mentally.

But still what do we do.

After so many years in the industry, the one thing that is clear, there are no shortcuts or quick fixes to looking after you and your health. One thing I do know is that you have to do what you enjoy and what works for you and what best serves your body.

Recently I’ve had a little niggle going on with my knee, I can’t run, I can’t train my lower body and walking up and down stairs and sitting was becoming quite unpleasant.  However, it has forced me to return to swimming, my indoor wind-trainer, yoga and upper body strength work.

As a few people may know after chatting to me on Monday, that was when I did hit my woe is me moment, when the frustration at myself for letting the niggle maybe go a little further than it should’ve and the frustration of not accepting where I was and what I could still do, took over. After a little mindset change, words of wisdom from some wise people and realising that I can still train, I’m in a much better place.

However, it has also made me look at my training and a total realisation of really what I love, yes everyone knows I love my running, but I love my combination of training – I love the strength training, I love the slower and deeper mindset sessions that Yoga brings to my training, and I love my cardio.  I constantly see though on social media, the slam of cardio, that there are no benefits, that we shouldn’t do it, and believe me, I very much know I need to strength train to keep my body able to function and move, however I know I need my cardio because it keeps my headspace a little more sane and productive and I love it. Its unfortunate that if I was constantly on social media or googling cardio vs strength training on the net then I’d probably be thinking I’m silly for liking it. 

My point, as I know I often go off point a little, you have to do what works for you, yes you do have to be active there is no question about that, your body is your only one and like your car or house it needs to be looked after and maintained. Keeping active and looking after yourself with good nutrition is ongoing so if you are going to go from fad to fad to fad or jump from Instagram workout to the next, it is likely that you will be stopping and starting all the time. Rather if you do things that you enjoy and that challenge you as much as you need and want to be, then you may find that it becomes part of your day to day and becomes a habit that is worth having in your lives.