The KISS Principle. Fitness Made Simple
Now some of you may know I manage some corporate gyms which have been a great opportunity for me as it allows me to engage with people who would not normally be my target market. They range from the heavy lifters to the ironman to the older folk who just want a plod on the treadmill. All of these people I get to speak to about their health and fitness goals, their training programmes and how it works for them. From this I can see whether various different approaches lead to results and why. And I’ve spotted a pattern in every training protocol of all of the different kinds of training and people doing them that determines whether it works or not…………………….Simplicity and Consistency. Or as I like to call it Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS).
You see what some of these guys are doing is not revolutionary in terms of systems and routines, but those that are getting results are the ones that come in regularly and do a workout whatever it may be. In fact sometimes they don’t do their full routine, very often they will pop in for a quick 20mins on the bike, rower, do a circuit, lift some weights whatever because that’s all they’ve got time for, but they have maintained the habit of exercising consistently and that is why the system works.
Too often people will commit themselves to an overly complicated and lengthy routine and start skipping sessions because they didn’t have time to do a full hour or they didn’t have the energy to do an hour of HIIT training, so instead they did nothing! In turn they have given themselves permission to skip sessions and before you know it that becomes the new pattern, off the wagon, results = nil.
So my dear readers I encourage you this week to commit to simplicity and consistency. By that I mean I want you to plan how many times a week you would like to work out and stick to it. If you usually like to go all out with some circuits great go for it, but if training day comes round and you don’t feel up to it, turn up anyway and go for a walk, or a more gentle routine, as long as you’ve done something that day. Usually work out for an hour but run out of time, do 20mins, even if it’s in the living room with corrie in the background just some squats, press ups, lunges, tricep dips and a plank will make a great full body workout that can be done every ad break.
The key is to stop thinking you need to be running at an 8min mile for 45 mins twice per week and incorporating a strength routine of abs and back day, legs day, chest and biceps, shoulders and triceps (still with me?) otherwise you may as well not bother. You should still bother, all activity will help you to keep fit, if Zumba is your thing great, just do it consistently week in week out, whatever is your bag I don’t care just stick at it and keep moving whether it is what your programme says or something you feel more like doing that day.
And if you are doing the abs and back, legs day, chest and biceps, shoulders and triceps plus some fasted cardio, great that is also fine just do it consistently!
So on this note I set myself a little challenge this week to do half an hour of exercise per day no matter what it is, so I have done some High Impact Pilates which were sessions with a client (almost cheating but I promise I got a serious sweat on!), a full body resistance routine and a short row, and some running with the dogs, let’s see what the weekend brings……
Why don’t you set yourself something similar even if it is just to do 1 min plank every day or 20 mins of exercise 4 x next week. Just remember KISS!
PS: To one of my readers Ruth, who used to come to my Stretch and Tone Class back in the day, alas with me having only one functioning wrist it is no more. But she has been reading these emails, taken my advice (at least someone does) and has got herself into great shape and I’m sure with more to come. So well done Ruth who had to text me to tell me I’d driven past her because no I didn’t recognise your new svelte figure at first!