This month I’ve been thinking about the three key decade age groups that we help at FastTrack Fit Camp.
We’re broadly helping people through the 40 to 60 age groups. And, despite the age gap, many are in the same predicament.
They are part of the Sandwich Generation.
Many of our campers have children who are still living at home or, who need supporting financially as well as parents who need assistance too.
Instead they may have children to support and a retired partner at home.
Whatever your sandwich, you are the filling in the middle…
This predicament is an interesting one.
One the one hand (and I include myself in this cohort) they want their children to fly the nest and be independent. But the housing costs are high and the job opportunities limited and so off-spring either stay very close (like with you!), longer than anticipated to save money or move a distance away to be able to afford to live and work. Which means visiting and keeping up with them is more challenging.
Being responsible for older parents can take time, be emotionally draining and stressful if you’re attempting to mange it with distant siblings too.
When there are two opposite pulls of the same cord, something eventually will give.
It’s typically the thing that appears to be the most energy demanding, time consuming and most selfish.
Exercise and eating well.
And yet it’s the two things that can keep you in one piece and able to cope with this constant stretching of responsibilities by keeping your health topped up.
I’ve spoken with clients who just need to get a session to blow off the stresses of the day and know that they’ll walk back in the house a happier human.
I’ve offered clients some time out on a Fit Camp holiday whilst they get their lives back in order and they say ‘nope, this is what keeps me going‘ . One camper even told me it was her ‘saving grace‘.
When your first thoughts of your family are ones of frustration, challenge and overwhelm it’s time to put some boundaries in for you.
And whilst for many there’s some guilt associated with this, I’d suggest that you think how you’d reply to your off-spring or best friend if they suggested they felt guilty for taking 45 minutes twice a week for themselves. I reckon you’d have something to say about it.
Well here I am reminding you to turn that back on you.
What is the absolute minimum requirement you need for you to exercise each week?
What is the thing that’s going to give you the biggest return on the time you have?
I’ve got clients for whom two sessions a week is their basic, must do, requirement.
I also have others who need to get to five to feel the balance of normality.
For me it’s my daily morning walk. The day I don’t get that in, it’s the day I’m more spiky.
Putting your personal boundaries in place will allow you to be the best filling possible in your sandwich.
Your connections with the different sides of your family will still be there. Still demanding and still just as overwhelming at times. But when you’ve got you sorted first, these things are easier to cope with.
If this is something that’s nagging at you right now, please take time this weekend to see what you’ve let drop in an attempt to manage it all.
Would shifting things about so you can add some endorphin lifting, blood pumping, brain clearing exercise into your week make a difference?
I do hope so! If so and you want to give us a try please do drop as a line at email@example.com and request details of our free trial week. We’d be delighted to show you how to manage it.
FastTrack Fit Camp Weekenders
6-8 September Fido Fit Camp | Bring your dog along to our furry Fit Camp weekend. An outside, walking, talking, sky gazing, space enjoying weekend with other dog owners. We have a few spaces left and we’d love to see you there with us! Click here for more details.
27-29 September Four Star Fitness Weekender | A touch of luxury at our first hotel based Fit Camp weekend. Still with our traditional outdoor activities, workshops and exercise sessions, but with a luxurious twist with the spa, gym and restaurant meals on site. Click here for more details.
Clean Green Fit Camp
Trainers | We’ve collected our fourth bin bag of trainers since we started at the beginning of June. If you have sports shoes, running shoes, children’s or adults, please do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get them to us.
Flowers | The BeeBombs are flowering! I was delighted to see that my Beebombs have started to flower in the last two weeks and that there was even a bee hovering around too! If you want your own BeeBombs please visit our shop here and we can get some to you.
Trees | This article this week covers the quantity of trees we need to plant to affect the climate change issues. The odd tree here or there seems almost insignificant, but I love a tree and I’ve pledged that as part of our Social Enterprise offering we’ll buy and plant a tree for every new FastTrack Fit Camp member from 1 April onwards. We’ll be making those purchases and planting them within the Fit Camp area very soon.
Food Waste | Our weekly food waste blog on how to reduce what you throw away.
FitterLitterPickers | This Sunday we have a litter picking session at Bearwood Recreation Ground Winnersh at 0945-1030. Please come along with some gloves and I’ll provide the bags, picker sticks and hi-vis jackets. We cleared a lot on our last attempt.
Thank you for your continued support for FastTrack Fit Camp by reading my weekly musings and getting involved on social media. I really appreciate it. Ten years in business is a long time and it’s nice to know that we’re still making a difference with the decisions we make both in the business and the community.
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.