Continuing from last month’s blog on the home gym, this month I am offering thoughts around all that unused fitness equipment you may have lurking around your home. Free weights, a skipping rope, hula hoop, swiss ball, frisbee, theraband, tennis ball are just some of the items my clients tell me they already own but are either hidden in a box, on a shelf collecting dust or up in the loft.
It seems people can’t quite bring them selves to throw them out. This of course could be for several reasons but I wonder if, by throwing them out it would be akin to giving up on your health or the hope of being fitter, stronger or more flexible. Better therefore, to keep them for that ‘one day’ when there will be more time, more inclination, more energy.
Harsh truth coming up. Rarely do the stars align such that, time, inclination and energy fall into place all at the same time, for you to become a ‘new you’. Given the unreliable reliance on the stars, why not just be a healthier you, the way you are? Whatever your state of health, everyone can do something to invest in their health and be a little fitter stronger and bendier.
It doesn’t have to be a big charade, a dedicated chunk of time or an impressive array of moves and grooves (although if that is what makes you tick then go for it) BUT IT DOES HAVE TO BE. If you don’t do a little something a little often, you get a whole lot of nothing invested in your health. On the flip side if you do do a little something, a little often, over time, the accumulation of all those little deposits gives you a whole lot of dividends from your consistent and repeated investments.
So what do you have that you may have forgotten you owned? If it’s a skipping rope and you feel your skipping days are over, use a rope to swing your arms from side to side and lunge from left to right. Like so:
Same with the hula hoop. If you’ve hula’d once but can hula no more, lift the hoop above your head and hula with your arms…
If you have a deflated swiss ball, might I suggest you inflate it and sit on it as you work on your computer or watching TV for 10 minutes? If your weights are handily located, you could use them while you squat or to reach behind your back or to bend and straighten your elbows. Remember it is not how long you do it but that you do it in the first place.
Recently while on a picnic, I invited my lovely Mum to join us in a game of frisbee. “Thank you darling but you play without me. I can’t throw a frisbee anymore…!” she chirped without a second thought. So I handed her the frisbee and ran while cheering her on to throw it my way. She did too and what a cracking throw it was and the next one and the next. She could catch too, as well in fact as she could throw.
The moral: don’t assume your wild and free days of throwing and catching, dancing and hula hooping are over. EVER.