Embracing the Flexibility in Fitness: Find What Works for You

health lifestyle May 31, 2024

You know how they say exercise is good for you? Especially for your heart? And they recommend “150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week”?

But let's be real, which type of exerciser are you?

  • A 20 minutes a day kind of person?
  • Maybe an hour, three times a week?
  • Or a 2.5-hour hike over the weekend type?

Right now, I’m not quite hitting those official goals, but I probably need to give myself some grace. In reality, I’m pretty strong. I regularly lift 7.5kg off the floor, occasionally 12kg, a definite 16kg once a day, and 18kg once a night.

Oh yes, those are the weights of my children!

So, the point of this post is to reassure you that whether you're a weekend warrior or someone who gets in a little bit of exercise every day, both approaches can be effective. The good news is that there’s no right or wrong way to incorporate physical activity into your life. You have a wider menu to pick from and can count a lot towards your movement goals.

Cheering You On to Inspire a Bit More Movement

  • Daily Bits Add Up: Short, regular activities like walks, playing tag with the kids, or dancing at bedtime dance parties all count.
  • Weekend Warrior Works Too: Concentrated activity, like a long hike over the weekend, is also beneficial.
  • Mix It Up: Occasional jungle/drum and bass nights or ramping up resistance in Pilates can be great cardio.

Despite feeling like I'm not doing enough some days, I realize I’m probably a worthy example to some! How do I stay strong and keep up with the kids (and stay mentally fit without rage episodes or mood swings postpartum)?

The Secret to Staying Strong and Fit

The secret is out. I apply the principles from Kickstart Your Immunity to my life consistently. And it’s not just for me—it benefits my kids, my husband, and my patients too. If you’re an alumni, consider this your reminder to log in again. Every two years, it’s worth a refresher.

If you haven’t joined yet, this is your sign to start reclaiming your energy.

Embrace Flexibility in Fitness

Research shows that physical activity concentrated within 1 to 2 days has a similar impact on reducing cardiovascular risks as more evenly distributed activity throughout the week. So, find what works best for you and your lifestyle. Whether it's daily small activities or a big weekend push, the most important thing is to keep moving.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fitness. Celebrate the flexibility and find joy in whatever form of movement fits your life. Here’s to inspiring a bit more activity and cheering each other on!

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