“Oh, I only have 15min left. It’s not enough to work out.”
“We need to do 3 sets of exercises before it can be effective.”
“You only start to benefit after 20min of jogging. Before that, it’s all just warm up.”
These are commonly heard from people of all ages, and they have one thing in common. There is a problem if you follow them blindly.
Yes, research has supported the idea that multiple sets of exercises is optimal especially in strength building and hypertrophy – but that is compared to single sets.
The modern person has a time crunch on their hands. So there is a problem with thinking that we can only do multiple sets to get the optimal effect (All), otherwise we shouldn’t do it at all (Nothing), because then it’s a waste of time. The problem is that then, most people don’t do them at all.
The real issue is: What about single sets versus doing nothing?
If you moved around for 10min a day utilizing most of your body parts in big swings and rotations, you’re already getting more blood flow than if you sat down for the same 10min watching television or that newest addition to Netflix.
What if you increased intensity and for 8 minutes, did powerful jumps and whole-body movements like squat jumps and plank walk-outs?
And if you increased it even more and for 4 minutes did the dreadfully breath-taking (literally!) but effective burpees?
You get my drift.
Making time for health is an investment for life most people theoretically understand.
They only begin to physically understand it when they feel “their age catching up to them”.
Trust us, we’ve heard it time and time again.
Sometimes, the reason people don’t do any physical activity in the prime working period of their life, is the limited time they have outside of work that they (1) prefer to spend relaxing or switching off, and (2) think that it’s not enough to do any physical activity.
As fitness professionals, we contend otherwise.
Our clients have benefited in big ways from simple movements and exercises we give them to do daily. Oftentimes it helps them relax, manage stress better and sleep soundly. Their quality of life improves when there is no more hesitation when the lift breaks down and the only option is to take the stairs. There is a confidence they exude when they have to shift furniture around the house, and they move, walk and run better every day. Not only is their physical fitness is better, but it transfers over to their psyche, their mind and their emotional health all feel a difference. Their friends and family see and feel that difference from them too.
It is in human nature to notice only when things are acting up. That’s why we hear more complaints than gratification. But it is in our conscious human nature to reflect, and act upon the things we want. And we can absolutely choose to live consciously.
I have the power to make choices to improve my life.
I will not give that power to my work, my schedule, or let the people around me dictate how I spend my time.
I decide how to spend my time.
I can start any time I want.
I want to start _insert date_.
So if you want a better future for you, your family and community, it’s time to start moving, and get more results for living well, rather than just molding the chair to the shape of the butt.
Reclaim a better way of living you never knew you could have.
Not sure how to get started? Shout out if you have any questions, and let us know your thoughts, dilemmas and how you want to move forward!