By WIN Provider: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
As the pandemic drudges on, the landscape of health and fitness has completely changed. We are so heavily influenced by the “fitness” experts on social media that many people have completely missed the mark. Not only have we lost sight as to why fitness is important, but we have overcomplicated the scenario to the point that obstacles like gym closures can be a death sentence to our health goals.
As a global society, we forgot how to show strength in the face of adversity. It didn’t start off like this…and it is time to get away from the complications of health.
First of all we need to get one thing clear. Exercise is an essential pillar of health/wellness and without regular, appropriately dosed exercise, we the machine do not work efficiently. That’s right pumpkin, you need to move your body, regularly and you should show a little effort.
However, unless you are one of the ultra dedicated fitness buffs making homemade weights made from recycled laundry detergent bottles just to get a little at home resistance, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Believe it or not, social media, with all of it’s “influencers” is not where you should start. We need to give this type of thinking the proverbial GUT PUNCH!
Enter the inch wide, mile deep approach. Simply meaning, we need to stop overcomplicating this whole regular exercise thing.
We should find an exercise to implement that we enjoy, and do it regularly.
Sweat equity goes a long way here, you will reap the benefits of your success, and no there is no short cut. If you don’t know where to start, remember basics never die.
There is a reason that certain strength and conditioning implements have stood the test of time. It’s because they work, and they don’t require that fitness gadget to send an alert to your phone to remind you to move. Mankind has been “preparing for battle” long before the apple watch was ever dreamed of. If you don’t know the basics learn them, if you know them use them often.
It is true that exercise equipment has probably never been more expensive, but a lot can be achieved with minimal investment of say a single kettle bell. The investment in your health would be infinitely worth it.
However, even with no equipment, none of us have an excuse. After all, the best things in life are free, like two feet and a heart beat.
If you don’t have access to fitness equipment at home, and you lack the ability to make your own you can still use your body weight. Or dare I say, go for a run, and if you can’t run walk!
Either that or you can re-learn how to make bread…a formidable skill that deserves a blog of its own.
“Your choice, your consequence”.