Despite being a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, I don’t actually like spending long periods of time exercising. Been there, done that. Many a time, in my days practising martial arts, did I have 8 hour training events with little more than a boiled egg and a glass of water to sustain me! It was fun at the time but I was younger then and childless, so I had plenty of time on my hands and a body which was much more forgiving than now, nearly 20 years later!
These days I prefer to partake in what I call ‘Efficient Exercise’. The idea is to get the maximum benefit in the minimum amount of time. For this reason, I am a huge advocate of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which involves working flat out for very short periods of time and resting in between sets.
By using bodyweight exercises such as squats, press ups and their many variations, HIIT is a great way to get the heart pumping and strengthen the body too. It’s also really good fun and a brilliant way to challenge yourself – when you know it’s only for 30 seconds a time, you can push yourself to do almost anything!
After I’ve had a good old blast of HIIT, I like to slow things down a bit and really tune into my body by doing lots of stretching, core and balance work. This again relates back to my martial arts days, focusing inward and using the mind to connect with the body and the breath. Core work is key to strength and helps to improve everything we do with our bodies. Balance exercises force us to sharpen our focus and become fully aware of ourselves in the present moment thus serving as a kind of meditation in movement whilst strengthening from the inside out.
If you like to sound of my exercise ethos, you can contact me for personal training (Skype sessions available) or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to get access to my HIIT, Core & Balance mini workouts which you can do yourself, at home! youtu.be/kY2Q-Ikznaw
I am also running my HIIT, Core & Balance classes at the Coddenham Village Hall on a Tuesday evening from 8.15-9.15pm and a Friday morning from 10-11am. Come along and try your first session for free. Booking essential.