It All Counts?
In a similar note to my last two posts, I’m questioning some of the strong convictions I have held for quite some time about exercise.
I’ve forever expressed this: It all counts. Every step, every breath, every rep. Don’t worry too much about what you’re doing; all movement, exercise, and physical activity is beneficial.
I still maintain that opinion. I also know that exercise – despite what you might think – isn’t always simple. (I suppose if it was, I wouldn’t have a bloody graduate degree in the subject?)
Two interesting facts just crossed my desk:
- More Canadians are exercising now than prior to COVID. Which is excellent news. The factors are complex and diverse with increases in work flexibility, time, and concern about health being some of the more obvious variables.
- More than 50% of American gym-goers – who have or have not returned to the gym – are dissatisfied with their workout routines. And 10% of them have stopped exercising all together.
I don’t have the same data for Canadians, and Canadians and Americans are not the same. Still, I am concerned.
It’s wonderful that more Canadians are exercising. But are they happy with their workouts? It’s easy to start exercising. It’s continuing that’s the tricky part. To stick with it, you need to be enjoying yourself, or satisfied with the results. The effort, time, discomfort, sweat, pain need to be worth it.
So, I need to know: How are YOU doing with your workouts?
Are YOU enjoying your COVID workouts? Are you getting enough out of them? Are you having bucket loads of fun? Getting wicked results?
Yes, yes, yes – every movement and workout counts. And if you’re going to keep at it, there needs to be challenge, progress, enjoyment, and (thus?) ongoing motivation.
Please take a moment and check on a few key things:
- What are your current goals? Are you satisfied with your progress?
- Is your workout week diversified such that you have a mix of cardiovascular activity, strength and mobility work? Do you experience moments where you feel challenged? Mentally? Physically?
- If you are experiencing any consistent aches or pains, are you equipped to manage those so that they don’t turn into overuse injuries?
- Is the schedule you’ve set for yourself sustainable?
- Do the people closest to you support your active lifestyle?
- Are avoiding stagnation/boredom?
- Are you having fun?
Our Clubs have always provided many benefits. One of them being an ability for us to easily check in on you and all the things that keep you coming back for more. The little, important things that count. We used to get to jump right in there and make sure you’re being supported and challenged, that you’re safe and having fun.
These days we don’t get to see you every day. All these little things still count. You count. So please let us know if you need a hand with anything.
Inspiration of the Day
“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel” – Mia Hamm
Live Workouts of the Day
Today we’ve got a couple of live workouts on the schedule.
MOBILITY & MUSCLE WITH LAUREN
Today, Lauren’s stepping in for Matt and bringing you your lunchtime pick-me-up! This workout will focus on the shoulder, hip, and ankle, moving you through a full range of motion. There will be additional stability work for the glutes and core included!
Recommended equipment: chair & towel
Join Lauren at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.
Click here to join the workout.
Meeting ID: 892 2779 8538
ON CORE WITH GARTH
Garth’s back with another week of On Core, where you’ll challenge your core and stabilize your trunk in just 30 minutes!
Recommended equipment: light/medium dumbbell or weighted object (water bottle, book, etc.)
Join Garth at 5:30pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.
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Meeting ID: 868 1155 7138
Click here to review this week’s schedule.
If you have any questions about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Based on your responses to our recent survey, many of you are looking for more yoga workouts and classes.
Today, you can join for this 50 minute yoga workout that focuses on opening your shoulders.
Recommended equipment: strap or tie (about 1m long), blanket/towel/pillow, and yoga blocks/books. If you don’t have these pieces, don’t worry! Susan will offer up modifications throughout the workout.
Do you have a “Something of the Day” you’d like us to share?! Email Meg.