What does a fitness professional have to say after 200 blog posts? What does fitness over the long haul look like?
To be honest, both myself (Anna) and my partner (Steve) in the gym as well as life talk endlessly about all things health and fitness, so while it might be tempting to think we’ve exhausted this gym blog in 200 posts, it’s far from true.
Also, to be fair, a lot of those posts were about what was going on at the gym week to week.
Nonetheless, what do we have to say after more than ten years of coaching?
From Coach Anna:
We are in this health, fitness, and general living thing for the long haul, aka; the rest of our lives. Seems like an obvious statement, but sometimes I forget this! I work out as if I will reach a fitness end goal and then have that achievement for the rest of my life. Turns out, we can’t hit a personal record, or master a goal and keep it forever. The skills are maintained and fine-tuned with intentional focus.
Sometimes this gives me a little bit of anxiety… Ugh, I am going to have to keep getting all out of breath and sweaty for the rest of my life?! But many other times, it helps me to take the pressure out of it all.
Taking the Pressure Out of Fitness
I have the rest of my life to practice movement. On the flip side of that, if I am not practicing movement, what am I doing? It means that I am relatively sedentary. Not to say that I don’t get a lot of joy from an afternoon chilling on the couch at times. Too many of those days and I am feeling pretty antsy. Antsy all around. My joints start feeling a little achy, my mood goes into hibernation mode, and I just don’t feel very motivated.
Knowing that I have many movement opportunities each day, it takes some of the pressure out of any one workout. The payout to consistent movement is freedom by way of a longer health span and a higher level of energy. I will get to continue to live my life fairly independently doing the things that make me happy for a longer amount of my life span.
When the pressure to fulfill my own imposed expectations is low the fun factor increases. My current fitness goal is to be able to move easily and with confidence in the activities I enjoy. With a set baseline of fitness, maintaining that baseline is easier and I get to really explore those activities.
Consistent movement is the key so it is important to me that I enjoy the majority of that movement. I will continually be pushing outside of my comfort zone, but I can offset some of that discomfort by doing things I enjoy (tennis, hiking, biking, lifting, skiing). Another fun factor for me is doing those things with company I enjoy. Since the movement helps me build toward supporting these fun activities I feel more motivated to do the maintenance work outs. It is all interconnected.
Your Long Haul Fitness Plan?
If you know that in order to be active the rest of your life, you have to stay active, what movement and workouts do you enjoy to help you stay consistent?