Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Workout Wednesday: Don't Forget The Little Things.....Its Not All About Weight Loss!

Happy Workout Wednesday guys, how we doing? Do you have a workout planned for today or have you, like me, already done it? I was up early to do a two hour session with a client, we did an hour of strength then hit the streets for a power walk...I am feeling awesome now! The mornings are definitely my workout hour of choice there is something great about getting up and doing a workout before lots of peoples alarms have even gone off and once they have I am already showered and eating breakfast after a killer session! 

I have been thinking and listening to clients, friends and reading blogs and one thing I notice is that we tend to forget the little things about getting fit so today I thought I would dedicate this post to all the things we tend to forget when starting or being on a fitness journey. We may start one because we want to lose weight but its a lifestyle change which needs constant work with ups and downs and lots of little wonderful things that happen along the way.

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When a new client comes to me it is usually because they can't lose weight and they want to shed some pounds, firm up their bodies and feel better about themselves which is a great reason to start any fitness journey of course. The thing that I love is that on the journey we take together as client and trainer there are so many little things that happen which you don't even think to celebrate for example....

Me and a client went out the other day for an interval walk/run along the seafront which is flat but to get back to my house there is a hill no matter what way you go and usually we will get to the bottom of the hill and my client begins to moan how walking up hills really hurts her back so I'm usually shouting at her "hold your stomach muscles tight, use ya legs, use ya glutes, power your way up the hill!!" but last week we got half way up the hill and she turned to me and said "my back, my back it doesn't hurt anymore and it hasn't for ages!"

YAY! I screamed and its little things like that that really make my day its not the pound you lost although thats great its the fact you are becoming stronger and pain free which is massive!

I think we tend to forget all the great achievements when they seem small and insignificant but its the little things that mean more I think anyway. Of course if your over weight losing the pounds is important because being over weight brings on all sorts of problems for the body but I don't think weight loss should be the only focus or even the main one. There is so much more to becoming fit and healthy like:

Being Strong - before I went out with Dale I was single for about 10 years so I did nearly everything for myself which meant I had to be strong. I didn't have or want help with my shopping bags or to lift a box or piece of furniture so I started to work out and lift weights as well as doing bodyweight exercises to keep me fit and strong. These days I only ask for help when I really can't do something alone but I would hate to be one of those women that has no reason not to be strong and help her self!

Being Flexible - So important! This is definitely something I need to work on, when I was practicing Bikram I was so flexible but moving to a town without it meant I stopped going and I have seen my flexibility really deteriorate, I do at least ten to 15 minutes of stretching each day but its not enough. We need to be flexible to keep our bodies agile and in good nick. The less we move about the less flexible we become and the more pain our bodies will suffer from so getting up and moving as well as stretching is super important!

Being Balanced - Ever tried standing on one leg for a minute? Try it and if you can't then its time to work on getting some balance training! The more balanced you are the stronger your core muscles, which again is really important. Having a strong core means you stand up straight, will suffer with less back pain and you will actually look slimmer. Yep standing up straight with a good posture can kick that pot belly into space! You need balance for every day living so don't forget to add some training specifically for improving your balance : )

Being Happy - I don't know about you but if I am sedentary for too long I get fidgety and just need to do something, I workout most days in some way and if I don't I also become depressed. Working out and eating healthy food makes me feel good which ultimately makes me happy. When a client first comes to me they are usually pretty down, depressed about their weight gain and just feeling shitty then within a month or two this butterfly of confidence and happiness breaks free and I suddenly meet this whole new person which is the best thing about this job. Feeling down about your weight or not being fit and active is a horrible feeling but its so easy to turn round with a little bit of work in the right direction : )

The next time you feel like crap because you didn't lose any weight or your not getting to your goal as quick as you might like remember all the little things that you have achieved like going for a walk or being able to do a full press up these things are all getting you to the place you want to be so keep you chin up and remember if your at least doing something its way better then the person thats still just thinking about trying!

Question:

Do you try to remember the little things?

8 comments:

  1. Remembering the little things is so so important. Sometimes we begin a journey then forget to look back to see how far we've come. Love this post!

    theglowwithin.com

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    1. We really do! if we can look back and realise how far the little things have taken us I think we would all be a lot happier! X

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  2. Great post, you are so right about focusing on things other than weight loss, they can often have a bigger impact anyway!

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    1. Thanks Laura I totally agree the other not so significant things are probably the ones that do the most for us!

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  3. Hi Tamzin,

    Lovely post - this is where I first went wrong when I started working out! Doing it simply to lose weight and feeling negative about eating just about anything. Feeling happy, stronger and balanced is much, much better. Thanks for the post!

    Besma (www.curiouslyconscious.com)

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    1. Awww thank you for popping by, glad you liked the post x

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  4. I totally agree with this. I was reading a post about running and it was saying that most people want to go further or faster, but they forget that as they get fitter they can also recover more quickly, which is another sign of increased fitness but something people too often forget about.

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    1. Perfectly said we all need to take a step back and think a little more about our achievements instead x

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