Fitness Tips from Fitness 2J2
- Joel Pedersen | May 16, 2014
One of the first things I talk about with people when it comes to healthy lifestyle is how fitness should be an equal balance with mind, body and spirit. This is how we as Aboriginal people lived for many years, in a healthy holistic way, pre- and post-European contact.
For you to achieve your fitness goals, you need to have consistency and follow a fitness plan. Don't worry too much about details at the start. When developing consistency, make sure you track your progress:there are lots of APPs and fitness outlines you can download or use pen to paper to keep track.
Don't be afraid to work hard: many people lack intensity in their training and wonder why they're no longer reaching their fitness goals. I would suggest they've gotten comfortable and don't push themselves.
We all have to set fitness goals. Some may be weight loss, strength gains, quality of life, improving athletic performance, or a combination of all. The take away is you need to have intensity, to push your body and prove to your mind that you can push past your comfort zone, which is the way you will improve.
If you have never heard of the Principle of Overload, here's a quick definition for you: The principle of overload states that a greater than normal stress or load is required for training adaptation to take place.
Word of caution: although you need intensity in your workouts, recognize you can.t always be pushing your limits. You can work hard, but you also need to work smartly: listen to your body, learn what discomfort is and what actual pain is, and use recovery days. In order in improve, we need to be willing to put in the work and effort.
Here is a quick Functional Fitness and Pilates style workout to try:
- 10 pullups
- 30 bicycles
- 10 toe touches
- 30 rollups
- 10 mountain climbers
- 250 metre run
Do 4 rounds of the above exercises. Remember to track your progress! And don't worry if you can't do four sets the first time: just try to do a bit more each time you do it. Aim to do this workout three times a week.