What a week!
We’ve had sun, frosts, clear blue skies and a real sniff of Spring. It’s been fabulous.
And this week in conversations with clients we’ve talked about how health and fitness isn’t just about how much exercise you do and what you eat. It encompasses the whole gamut of life that affects our well-being.
> You’re in a job you don’t much like?
> You have ongoing issues with the children?
> Your finances are all over the place and you don’t know where to start?
Any one of these things, and more, can trigger us into sleeping poorly, caffeinating ourselves to a jittery wreck and being short and moody with those we love.
It will spill over into how and when you exercise, how much effort you take in your relationships and whether you look after yourself with time off, good routines and all your needs being met.
In these conversations I am currently hearing a lot about the ‘shoulds‘, ‘coulds‘ and ‘wished I’ds‘ from lockdown. How people are comparing themselves to others (normally on social media) about where they ‘should be’.
I fall into this trap too and have over the years unfollowed, unsubscribed and removed myself from any social media or email list that leaves me feeling worse about myself. I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to keep up with the Joneses or Joe Wickses. I was going to do my stuff, for me.
It made me think about how we negatively use comparison to set our expectation for ourselves when it may be far beyond what is really fine for us.
A few years ago I started to reframe my acceptable level of fitness and wellness and now use this as my comparison. How am I doing compared to me?
If, after a busy or lazy spell I notice that I can no longer do these things, I make a change to kick myself back into touch.
Here’s my list for me.
(Remember, I am only sharing this with you because I know that you’ll get this and won’t contemplate making any comparison. You just wouldn’t, would you? 😉 )
- I want to be able to hold a plank for 60 seconds as a minimum.
- I expect to be able to complete a 5km run without stopping when I choose to do one. I don’t specify a time, but to run it all, no stops, is my base level.
- I want to be able to complete a minimum of 10 full press ups. I don’t specify how quickly, but knowing that I can do 10 gives me a base from which to come back.
- I want the confidence to be able to chuck my feet up against a wall and do a handstand. I don’t specify ‘at the first attempt’, but after getting my kick in, within 3 or 4 attempts.
- I discovered recently I could no longer kneel with my bum on my heels. I’ve added this in as a new base level. Each morning when I dry my hair I do it from this kneeling position. Over the last 5 weeks I’ve improved, can sit on my heels more comfortably and for longer.
- Given that everyone thinks I dole out burpees for the fun of it…I judge my ability to be able to do 5 x 20 burpees as a standard for me. This is not fun 🙂
- Do my jeans still fit me?
- Do my smart trousers still feel a touch loose on me?
- Can I run a Fit Camp session without my lower back aching?
None of this stuff is for anyone else.
But it is all mine.
So this week as you head into the weekend and scroll through social media feeds and catch yourself starting to feel a bit blue remember, that’s their stuff. Find your stuff – and see how you compare to you. It’s way better competition, trust me!
Two things to share with you this week…
We have set up our Bank Holiday timetable for the two Mondays in May.
On Monday 3rd May and 31st May we’ll be running a 9am in-person (at Bearwood Recreation Ground, Winnersh) session and a simultaneous Zoom session. These sessions are open to all, but pre-registrations is required. This is in addition to our regular Sunday simultaneous session every week at 9am too.
You can register for these sessions via our membership site, TeamUp, here:
On Tuesday 27 April at 19.00 I am running a Metabolic Balance information event on Zoom. It will take about 45 minutes and will give you the chance to learn more about this fabulous programme that is currently helping my clients feel better and healthier with a personalised, 12 week food plan.
You can register here and the link will be emailed to you:
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.