Many of you made New Year’s resolution. If you read my last blog, Goodbye 2016!, you know that I do not personally make New Year resolutions, but I set goals throughout the year. However, I wanted to encourage you all to attain your goals by addressing a topic that I frequently get asked about.
Yes, the fitness industry is an industry. Businesses do want to make money. Here are some questions that can help you decide which fitness plan or program is right for you and which ones are just passing fads.
- What do I need in a facility or program? BALANCE SERIES #3: BALANCING YOUR WORKOUT discusses this in detail.
- What is the purpose of a move or pose? Not every move is for everybody. Sometimes you can change a movement or do a totally different pose to work the same targeted area. Sometimes you need to avoid certain target areas (see the next point).
- Is it safe? For me this is the key. It is not safe for someone who has never done yoga to try a headstand in their first yoga class. ON that note… Saunas are great! Yoga is great! But Hot Yoga is not necessary. In any yoga class, you should perform a warm up to build heat in your own body. If you’re already hot, you can overextend yourself and cause injury. It becomes more difficult for you to be aware or your own body and any limitations you might have when you have external factors also acting on your body. For example, you can become dehydrated without realizing it. IF you are 20 something or younger these may not be concerns for you. You rock your own workout! Another example is Cross-fit. Just like Hot Yoga, Cross Fit is great if you have developed the stabilizing muscles to perform the exercises (and to perform them in high intensity bursts). But it is not worth injury! Not only will you potentially have medical bills, but you’ll also a gym membership that you can’t use and a goal you can no longer meet.
I’m not trying to be a downer. Fads or intense exercise programs in themselves are not necessarily bad. They get you moving and can help you get through tough life decisions. There is no right or wrong just an awareness of your own body. That awareness concept extends to any physical activity . What motivates you and why? That connection of the mind, body and spirit. I hope this helps you on your journey. I would love to hear from you either in the comments below or via email.