6

Sep

Our top 4 tips to create a better relationship with exercise

When the alarm goes off or you knock off work what’s the first thought that crosses your mind?

There’s normally two:

– “Oh shit I have to workout now” or

– “Hell yeah I get to workout now!”

Which ever one it is for you know that it’s not going to change if you don’t change what you do.

The routine of decision making and the feeling that comes along with it in regards to a workout that you’ve planned is going to effect the workout positively or negatively. You set the tone for not only the feeling you get during each workout out but the overall outcome of you training.

Think of it like doing a presentation. How much more work are you going to put into it if you actually enjoy the subject that your working on? It’s the same principle for training and working out.

When you find something you enjoy doing the routine becomes easier and eventually the routine becomes a highlight of your day and the pressure to stay in the routine wears off. What takes it’s place is the PLEASURE of exercise and all the benefits that come with it.

As a personal trainer I take the pleasure of exercise for granted but from communicating with clients and members I’m staggered to find that so many people go to the gym, train or workout purely from a routine or chore perspective. Their mindset is “it’s what I should do” not “it’s what I want to do”.  This perspective drives a feeling of another box to tick for the day or responsibility that I have weighing me down.  These are the people I want to help see the light of connecting with exercise on a different level and changing the game.

STEPS TO MAKE THE TRANSITION

1 – Find something you ENJOY doing – Don’t get stuck on the stationary gym equipment, the body is made to move let it do its thing, the mindlessness of setting a machine for a set time and peddling away only to be snapped back awake by the cool down buzzer is doing very little for you physically and even less mentally and endorphins sitting waiting to be let loose will remain mostly dormant, which leads me to my next step.

2 – CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT – You don’t have to keep doing what your doing now, if your training doesn’t challenge, inspire and interest you then change it! Don’t get caught in the rat race of exercises and scroll through social media envious of all the people that seem to love training, If you want to try a boxing class go and do it. If you want to try yoga or a pole dancing class book in and show up. It’s that easy, how will you not know what you love doing if you don’t try new things out. Don’t worry, everyone else in that class were first timers at some time too. My experience is that most people in the gym or in a class will be totally flattered if you ask for their help.

3 – CHALLENGE YOURSELF – Accomplishment is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have and in the gym environment this feeling should be celebrated and then it acts as motivation to peruse more of these accomplishments no matter how small.  If your workout doesn’t require anything from you but showing up then the rewards will soon dry up and so will the progress. Set a goal that you’ll need to work towards to achieve and it will make that sense of accomplishment easier with every session as you move closer towards your goal.

 4 – ENJOY THE JOURNEY NOT THE RESULTS – Too many times we get caught up with the results of working out, (myself included). We know what we want to look like, feel like, be like and we think once we obtain that all our problems will be solved. Once we get there we think we’ll be content. We’ll be happy. Often its not the case. Surround your self with an environment (people, places, trainers) that make you feel good and challenge you each and every session along the way.

When this occurs the training and the experience becomes the focus not the end result. Don’t get me wrong setting goals is a priceless tool we use to motivate us and keep us accountable but you have to enjoy the process just as much as the destination.

When you read through each step and you feel that these points resonate with you and your current situation don’t freak out. With the fitness industry being so diverse we are extremely lucky that there are countless opportunities for us to throw ourselves into. Some may be good, some may be bad, but you’ll eventually find one that you are excited to get out of bed for at 5.30am… Or maybe not. But you might be itching to get there straight after work.

MAKE EXERCISE A PLEASURE, NOT A CHORE!

We find that one of the main things people get out of training here at RevoPT is their sense of enjoyment. It’s because of the unique supportive and friendly environment we have created.

If you want to experience it, we’d love to see you here. Book in for your first class for free here and I look forward to meeting you soon. 🙂

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20

Apr

Exercise Myth Busters: Exercise is useless for weight loss

Well, this blog post has been inspired by the recent article on The Age website titled : The exercise myth that I have had brought to my attention yesterday.

The article is goes on to talk about exercise and weight loss and new book which claims that exercise is useless for weight loss. The article then shares a number of great points from David Driscoll an exercise physiologist and sports dietitian.

My summary of this would be that as many of you may have found when you exercise you can have an increased appetite.  Keep this in check and you will go a long way to dropping the kilos and improving more than just your weigh, as we all know exercise has vast and important benefits that are far greater than weight loss or even weight maintenance.

Another thing thing mentioned to be mindful of is the fact that many of us want to reward our hard work with a larger serving size at our meals or a treat after dinner because of how very hard we have worked! However the fact is that sometimes these rewards can actually throw us back over our calorie budget and we can many times end up doing more harm that good in the overall scheme of things. Being over our daily calorie budget we can end up actually putting on weight if we do this consistently.

So the moral of the story… Exercise can certainly help us with more than just losing weight but don’t lose sight of the simple fact that what is going into your body is key when you are watching your weight. It will determine how much out put you need to achieve to bring your body to a point of calorie deficit and therefor weight loss.

8

Jun

Myth Busters #52

Why Does It hurt So Bad But Feel So Good?

Studies have shown that exercising above 70% of you maximum results in an increase in the levels of endorphins in your blood. Endorphins are hormones that act as your body’s own pain reliever. This has been credited as the reason why many people often experience changes of mood after an intense bout of exercise. So if you are stressed, upset or angry try and have a hard work out and get rid of that pent up frustration. A boxing workout is a great way to release some stress so combining that with an endorphin release will surely get you feeling great.

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1

Jun

Myth Busters #51

I Need To Take In As Deep a Breath As Possible So I Can Swim Further

When holding your breath for long periods of time it is a build up of carbon dioxide in your body that forces you to take a breath and not so much a lack of oxygen, carbon dioxide is a toxin and your body wants to get it out of your system as fast as possible. By holding your breath, you are trapping the carbon dioxide in your body, once levels of carbon dioxide start to head towards unsafe levels your bodies natural mechanisms force you to exhale it out (Pretty sure the girls in the picture must have had a lot to exhale).   Therefore when performing activities such as swimming it is a good idea to remember to exhale even while under water to try and get rid of as much of the carbon dioxide in your body as possible, this helps to increase the efficiency of your breathing as well as your swimming.

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11

May

Myth Busters #50

Balance Training Is Only Necessary For Elderly and Uncoordinated People

Balance training is often seen as something that is only beneficial for the elderly, however working on your balance even at a young age can help to improve your quality of life and make simple tasks even easier. It is also beneficial for sporting and training performance as well. This is because balance training can improve your proprioception; which is your body’s knowledge of what is happening to your limbs. Improving this can help to reduce the chances of injuries occurring as you will be more adept at correcting unpredicted changes to your limbs such as when you roll your ankle. On top of this it will also place you in good stead as you begin to age.

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9

Apr

Myth Busters #49

food clockEATING LATE AT NIGHT WILL MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT

There are no ‘magic’ hours when you should be eating. People associate late-night eating with a greater chance of weight-gain because we usually consume more calories at night. The current recommendation is to start your day with breakfast and eat every 3-4 hours throughout the rest of the day. Be sure to keep lunch the same size as dinner so that you will be less likely to over-indulge at night. Lastly, know that you can enjoy a small, late-night snack without the fear of waking up heavier in the morning.