Monthly Archives: May 2012

No Fun No Gain

Day in day out, after you finish work, or in between lunch break, you get your gym gear, and rock up at your local gym. You have a fair idea where the stairs are, where you classes are going to be, the regulars, some of you have been doing Body Steps for the past 5 years, you know the routine so well you might as well just go be the instructor already?

for someone like me who loves my weights, I know where the machines are, where the free weights are placed, I pulled out my workout log, and I go through the motion everyday. It’s not just with workout, but everything in life, you get bored if you do it long enough. I am like, do I really have to do this again?

Today I learnt about what its like to have fun again, to see things, and really posture myself to learn working out from a new perspective. From the kids in the playground. You see parents brought them to playground almost every week, but some reason, they never get bored, you can see it in their blue eyes, its like they are discovering the terrain for the first time. Note that I use the word ‘terrain’. It is outdoor, where mother nature provides the best training ground.

Talk about doing weights for years, and put myself out there for 1 outdoor training session, it was FUN. And if you can find a few friends and do it together, play a few games, and get the competitive juices flowing, I’m never going back to gym again. It will like you are having a great time and you actually had a workout as well.

3 simple steps to create an outdoor workout for yourself.

  1. Know your terrain well. get to your local play ground (don’t fight with the kids), local park, football oval, or even trails where there’s uneven hills, and steps, this will get you started with your lower body exercises. Instead of running on treadmill, running on uneven surfaces will activate all your leg muscles, and you have to run consciously to avoid unexpected obstacles = FUN. To increase intensity / agility, pretend there’s a bear (or your mum) chasing you. RUN !!
  2. Learn from the animals. Do you know how ballet dancers get such beautiful legs? BUNNY HOPS. They do 3 sets of 50 bunny hops for warm up (harder version of grand plie) which prepares them for their actual performance, which requires them to do all kinds of bounds and leaps. MONKEY BARS, do you remember when you were a kid, and you would climb just about anything? what happened when you got older? it wasn’t because you got heavier, but because you stopped using the muscles.
  3. You are your own gym. If you can lift your own body weight doing push ups, pull up, inverted shoulder press / handstand, explosive lunges, and some bunny hops, you’ll be amazed how hard it is, and how strong you become in just a few weeks time. If push ups are too easy, try doing it with hands on a swing. If explosive jumping lunges are too easy, try jumping from one side of the bench to other and switch legs.

Yes, you’ll get people or kids look at you funny, some single mum / dad might even check you out. Remember to be kind and smile, and GET BACK TO YOUR WORKOUT!! One who is focus in the direction where they’re running / heading (finish your workout) is far more attractive than one who is getting distracted (getting hit by a pole) by butterflies.

Remember to have fun, learn to laugh and be child like again. Then, the universe is at your grasp.

Image: Bulldog, Sunset Kids