I am sure that I am not the only one who will be contemplating the last 12 months over the next few weeks.
This time last year I couldn’t see that we’d ever be affected by something like a ‘lockdown’, and yet 2 weeks later we were.
I also had no idea what changes I’d be seeing in both my business and personal life. Things that I’d never even have considered being ‘things‘ before have become quite poignant.
Today I am moving house (yes this is written on a Thursday!) and one of the incidental reasons for being excited to move is that we’re moving from a one bed, single storey place to a house – which means stairs!!
I’ve realised that over the last 12 months my legs have been the least active ever.
As a child I was always on my bike, running about or swimming.
As a teenager I swam competitively, jogged a bit, walked or cycled to school and had service weekend jobs like waiting tables or shop floor.
As a newly married mum I was cycling to work, doing step aerobics or running.
As a keenly-new fitness trainer in my early thirties I took on the Les Mills BodyPump, Attack and Balance programmes and accepted any class I was offered. I pretty much squatted and lunged my way between 2002 to 2012.
Over the last 5 year or so I’ve walked LOTS, climbed some mountains and actively engaged in heavy strength training.
All of these were also done alongside living in a two storey house, going to work, to Fit Camp, to visit friends, to the gym etc. I was used to moving.
Since 23 March last year that’s stopped!
I’ve noticed that, if I don’t leave the house each day, I do under 500 steps.
This is why people in lockdown have seen their bodies change even when they’ve not changed their diet.
The national average weight gain over the last 12 months is 10lbs.
It’s easy to see how this can be.
I am sure that just by moving more each day, like getting the kids back to school and walking them there and back. Working from an office space a little more often or mooching around the shops or going on a holiday will make us all a bit more active and rev our sluggish metabolisms up a bit.
What have you realised you’ve just not done for 12 months that has had a similar impact on you?
Maybe it’s driving and you’re worried about getting back out on the road?
Or perhaps the restrictions being lifted are making your nervous to start socialising again (all those people!)
Or maybe just the realisation that you’ve not worn shoes for 12 months and your feet aren’t comfy in them anymore!
Whatever it is I hope that you can look back on the last year and decide if fixing it is right for you.
I’m very much looking forward to running up and down stairs over this weekend as I get used to using my legs a bit more! All I need to wait for then is a haircut…!
Have a great weekend.
The return to outdoor fitness is (by current timelines) going to be from 29 March. FastTrack Fit Camp will have four consecutive days of sessions over the Easter weekend at Bearwood Recreation Ground, Winnersh at 09.00 to welcome the return to outdoor group fitness.
You can (and need to register) via our TeamUp membership site so that we can manage numbers for each session.
I look forward to welcoming you back then!
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.