You may think that being a Health Coach means that I'm super fit and love exercise but you'd be so wrong. When it comes to exercise I am super lazy! I wish I was one of those people who feels agitated if they don't exercise or get to the gym one day in the week but I wasn't hit with that stick at birth. I was hit with the 'how little exercise can I get away with' stick instead.
I've had gym memberships over the years and would barely manage to go twice a week then I'd feel guilty that I had spent all that money and wasn't going. So a few years ago I decided to stop the nonsense. I jacked in the gym and started to look for ways to keep fit that I could do at home, things that I could jump in and out of without huge financial commitments, things that were fun, and things that packed a punch in a short space of time.
Listen, I'm not advocating not exercising, movement is so important to our health, but it doesn't necessarily mean slogging it out at the gym for hours on end. So here's my first tip, if you're like me and can talk yourself out of exercising in a matter of seconds then having someone to keep you accountable like a personal trainer can be a god send.
My second tip - instead of learning to love working out, find the workouts you love! What do I mean by that? I love dancing so my 'workout' some days is just putting on the music at full pelt and dancing like a manic around the living room (which, by the way is a great stress buster too). I'll sometimes go to classes that I can just drop into like Yoga and Zumba. I have some kettle bells at home so I can do some strength training when I have a spare 10 or 15 minutes in the day or I'll hop on my exercise bike and pedal while I'm catching up on some TV. So you can see I like to mix it up, that's what keeps it interesting for me.
Now I'm a busy person (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)! So quick work outs are my favourites. That's why I love HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) it's quick and it's effective.
Recently I was introduced to VibroGym by a lovely personal trainer, Haylley Pittam. It really appealed to my 'how quickly can I get this done' mindset because according to Haylley you could get a full body work out in 20 to 30 minutes instead of an hour. My ears pricked up as she explained. Then I thought, is this too good to be true? So I said let's try it, the proof is in the pudding after all. Well, I can tell you after my 20 minute session on the VibroGym with Haylley guiding me I felt like I had spent 2 hours in the gym and the next day, well let's just say walking and going to the loo was interesting. My muscles had definitely been working because I was aching (in a good way) all over but the whole time I was on the VibroGym I didn't feel like I was doing much at all.
So here is the low down on VibroGym.....
How does the VibroGym work?
It is a machine with a vibrating plate and these vibrations are transferred to your body and the muscles automatically adjust to these mechanical stimuli. The involuntary contractions activate the body balance system and by the muscles contracting the balance is restored.
Instead of using between 40 -60% muscles fibres with conventional training, by using the VibroGym it is possible to use up to 95%.
Because of the way the VibroGym works there is minimal stress on the joints, tendons, and ligaments, make the VibroGym an ideal piece of equipment for weight loss, rehabilitation, sports therapy, and great for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Some of the Benefits of Vibration Training are Increases in muscular strength, improved flexibility & co-ordination skills, decreases cellulite & varicose veins, increases bone density, lower blood glucose levels, decreases body fat, treats & prevents incontinence and decreases blood pressure. Wow!
Here's my last tip - If you are anything like me in that you'll find excuses not to exercise, try reframing it and looking where you can move more in your life. For example if you have to run an errand could you take a brisk walk instead of driving. Maybe you could just get up out of your chair and do some squats or run up and down the stairs a few times. What you'll find is that the more you move the more you'll want to move. It comes down to that old rule of inertia!
So, I challenge you to do something right now. That's right, step awaaaaaay from the screen and go move for 15 minutes, then you can come back and tell me what you did in the comments. Have we got a deal?