This week I had to tell someone not to come to Fit Camp any more.
Not because they were disruptive or out of order, but because continuing would have been detrimental to their health.
You see how you exercise is as important as why you exercise. We all know exercise is good for you. There are very few reasons when exercise wouldn’t be recommend to improve someone’s condition. My 50 reasons Why You Should Exercise is a great reminder of that.
But what you do and how you do it can make or break your goals.
You want to lose weight? Then playing golf or walking the dog probably aren’t enough activity for you to achieve this. Interval training, resistance training and some cardio vascular work is going to be better and more effective.
You want to improve how you manage stress? Then choosing an activity that promotes relaxation , recovery and slowing down will be better for you and allow you to get back to the higher intensity exercise more quickly.
And this is why this week I suggested that someone stop coming to camp until they can manage their stress better.
With a heavy work schedule, house move and weekend working this Fit Camper was pushing so hard at every area in his life that pushing his body in a Fit Camp session was creating exactly the same stress response in his body as a busy work deadline. And this was defeating the point of him exercising.
At some point the body becomes so overwhelmed with stress hormones rushing around the body that the body becomes ‘wired and tired’ and you are one step closer to illness or a breakdown. The better form of activity is something like walking, swimming or yoga.
At FastTrack Fit Camp we like to notice how people are responding to exercise and help them make the right choice for them and their goals.
We do this in our free consultations where we can help people decide what they want to achieve, why they want to achieve it and how they are going to get there.
After all, exercise is supposed to be a fun experience, not something you slog yourself through because you think you should.
If you fancy having the chance to chat over what will work best for you please drop us a line and we’ll set up a time with you.
I am going to have my own bit of restorative exercise this weekend as I head over to Ireland to climb Mount Carrauntoohil with a friend. I can’t wait!