To most people, getting in great shape is all about exercise. As in crunches, push ups and cardio. The harder, and the more often, the better - right?
What people tend to forget is that there is so much more to the human body than 'workouts'.
I've always been fascinated by this little calculation:
Provided you sleep for 8 hours per night, you are left with 112 waking hours per week. If you train for, say, 3 hours per week - what's happening in the other 109 hours?
As humans, we have been designed to move. However, in 2017, physical activity has been engineered out of our lives - we are literally constantly searching for ways to make things easier, less strenuous, faster. What an amazing paradox.
We sit in a car on the way to work. At work, we sit at a desk for much of the day, then come home to relax on the couch. Sure, we may throw in a 45 minute boot camp training session into that - but aren't we missing the point?
Unfortunately, this current focus on exercise, and not movement, results in a few negative side effects;
1) Adherence issues, particularly long term adherence.
2) Niggling injuries - you know, like the creaky knees, sore shoulders and that lower back pain.
When we aren't focused on movement, and instead on just making it to the next gym class, we aren't actually learning how to become more active throughout the day. We aren't actually taking advantage of those 109 hours in the week - and it's what we do in these hours - not in the 3 hours that we 'work out' - that will determine our result.
Surprisingly, there's nothing magic about the boot camp style class or the latest trendy training method.
For some, they work wonders.
But for the majority, it leaves them in a negative headspace, exhausted, and injured.
Your result isn't about what you do in your 3 hours per week in the gym or in your boot camp.
It's about what you do in the other 109 hours.
I am so excited to be launching my boutique studio on September 1st.
I have been in the industry for 10 years, in which time I have been "testing" my methods on real clients to see what works, and what doesn't.
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Drew is a personal trainer and nutritionist and is the co-founder of Evexia Wellbeing. Drew specialises in long-term habit change, body composition training, and mindset.