At HDHU, we're big believers fitness goes well beyond exercise. Fitness is about movement, more specifically the ability to move your body with purpose and intent. It's being able to use this incredibly powerful tool to bring forth the life you want.
If you've ever been injured, you'll know how frustrating physical impairment can be. You just can't do what you want to do.
I bring this up because "exercise" and "fitness" are often viewed exclusively through the weight loss or muscle gain lens. Yes, those are some potential outcomes. But once you've lost the weight or gained the muscle, then what?
In some of the sections to come, you'll learn how to build out a well-rounded, foundational approach to fitness. This is by no means a one-size-fits-all prescription rather it creates a fairly universal starting point.
But here's the thing: maybe you don't want to focus on moving around with some weights. That's fine. All I ask is that you try it. If you've never strength or resistance trained, give it a couple months before writing it off. If it's still not for you, fine. Focus your energy on something you do enjoy.
Many times when we don't enjoy something it's simply because we suck at it. But that's how all of us start. Give yourself enough time and space to become proficient enough to make a conscious decision. In the beginning, you haven't yet earned your right to be frustrated or discouraged. You're note supposed to "get it" from the get. If you do, great. If not, know you're in good company.
Remember, everything we do is about playing, experimenting, and exploring. These sections will give you foundational skills, habits, and behaviors to do just that.
But let's first talk a bit about Daily Movement.
In all honesty, if this is the only fitness section you ever focus on, I wouldn't be upset.
You see, consistency is EVERYTHING. Any time anyone asks me what the "best" exercise, training program, or workout is my answer is almost always the one you can do consistently (e.g. the one that you actually DO!). And it doesn't even matter if it's resistance training at-home or at the gym. What we're after is MOVEMENT.
I want you to take your MEDs and in Move Every Day!
Notice how I didn’t say that you needed to go to the gym every day.
What we’re focusing on is movement.
Again, movement isn’t just limited to the gym though that obviously counts.
One caveat with that, if you do have a regular gym routine, don’t neglect the other 23 hours in your day!
Maybe that means getting up from your desk more often throughout the day, going for a walk before eating lunch, taking your dog for a walk instead of just letting her out, or heading to the basketball courts for a pickup game with some of the locals.
It doesn’t matter what it is and it doesn’t have to be the same thing each day.
Find a way to get up, go out, and PLAY.
Our bodies were literally designed for movement. Use this to your advantage and go have some fun.
Here are a few more ideas:
Golf (w/o cart)
Parking in the further parking spot from the entrance
Bonus: If you’re looking for a “workout” you can do daily, try this. (It only takes about 10 minutes)
6-1 Burpees, Pushups, Squats, Plank
Complete six burpees, pushups, and squats then hold a plank for 30s. Repeat for five more rounds reducing the number of reps for each by one (so round two would be five reps of everything, round three would be four reps and so on). The 30s plank remains unchanged.
Another Bonus: Learn a few basic mobility drills or yoga flows that you can perform right when you wake up or right before going to bed. For more on Mobility, check out this section (link coming soon).