A little while ago we posted a short article on ’20 minutes or bust’ helping us to re think the quality of our training (see it here). New years resolution time and possible even time to start getting in shape for the spring/summer let’s look at quality. Whatever your goals, big or small, these two points cannot be emphasized enough…
The trick to good training is it’s always specific and therefore we need to get specific in our approach. What is it we are really after? For many it’s simply a case of wanting to feel healthier and more ‘in shape’. Again we need to drill down to exactly what needs to be done to get to that stage.
We really need to drill down to what’s most important…
Let’s start with a quick overview on the elements of fitness and what can be done in minimum time (again). It’s important to work out your highest priorities..
Fitness – aerobic fitness can be boosted easily with a total workload of say 5 x 1 minute intervals (painful but effective!).
Strength/toning – we don’t need to train like bodybuilders. Personally I only do 20 minutes of gym work twice a week.
Flexibility – stretching is often best done 3 x 5 minutes a day regularly.
Weight loss – it’s more than half nutrition, make small changes to your diet
Nutrition – basic natural foods still rule!
Along these lines, incidentally we currently run 45 minute Personal Training sessions based on higher quality in less time.
..then we need to make choices we can stick to
Where do you see your time best spent? Do you love/hate the gym? What did you spend time doing as a kid?
We need to work to our strengths and weaknesses here as we should be in all areas of life. I have heard people say “I should be running to burn calories” or “what’s going to get me fittest?”. The obvious answer is if you are naturally ok at running and can tough out the weather, go running. If it hurts like hell, have a history of knee pain and hate the outdoors don’t do it!
The most effective exercises are the ones you will stick to. Some people need more motivation and maybe choose events to build up to. Others prefer team sports, individual sports, grunting weights, hitting things or climbing hills. Often lots of variety will help and remember it’s all very individual and not necessarily forever. Don’t be afraid to experiment..and definitely come and see us for a session to make a good start on things..
At BourneFit we are about quality training that’s right for you and choices that you’ll stick to.