Look, you don’t have to spray on the lycra to be a cyclist. In fact I am happy to see you with a basket on the front, bread stick poking out and whirly gigs on the wheels! I would just like you to join us in the Brissie to Bay ride on June 23. One of my goals last year was to get more participants from Best Practice on a bike and cycling those amazing legs for 10, 25, 50 or even 100k. Join our team here and make somebody proud! Remember, there’s no point in looking all buff and beautiful in the gym if you don’t get out and show it off. Put on your lycra if you have to….. or not. Just saddle up and do something cool on a Sunday morning. I look forward to seeing you there.
You have heard me rant about doing something useful with your burgeoning fitness levels. Last weekend was goal 2 for the year for me personally and a definite achievement for more than 2000 corporate participants in the annual BRW Supersprint triathlon on the Gold Coast. Congratulations to everyone who put their bodies and minds to the test. Whilst this was not a hugely long affair everyone in it still had to train up for it over the preceding weeks and then haul themselves through water, on bikes and finally putting one foot in front of the other for a significant period of time. This ‘training for something’ thing is a great tactic. I recommend it because, whilst it is nice to think we are motivated by health and being good to our body, sometimes the basic desire to do a thing ‘better than last time’ or ‘do something for the first time’ is a great impetus for action. I had my good mate of close to 40 years come up from Sydney and play the role of two people and do it twice! Talking of useful fitness this bloke is running from Brisbane to Sydney in early August to raise (the goal is $100K) for Cambodian Vision to help restore sight for hundreds of people unlucky enough to be born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Check out his inspirational story at facebook if you would like to know more.
A lot of you receiving this won’t be able to take advantage of the offer I made to clients and members to come a long for a go on our famous kickbikes this Saturday morning but there still is a message here for you. When I started the business back in 2005 here at the Valley Pool I was keen to offer stuff that was different and fun whilst keeping to solid scientific principles of training. The kickbikes fit the bill for different and fun. Check out this video to see a relaxed ride from some colleagues of mine from the Australian institute of Fitness last week. Good way to tour Brisbane! This Saturday morning at 630am leaving from New Farm Park I am taking them out for a run and at last count there were 3 spots left. This is a no cost offer to try a kickbike and yes something different. If you are nearby to us here at the pool let me know and you might get a spot still! The moral to this post though is find something that you like doing when it comes to fitness because if you like it, you will do it! The best fitness program of all is the one you actually do. It doesn’t have to be boring folks.
This is a great post about genetic testing and where things are at right now in terms of what the testing can tell you. We had a gene test available to us a few years back here at Best Practice but the company went out of business. The information we got was still very useful but things have moved forward since then and there are still a ways to go before what we find out is a full on summary of what your code means in completely (& perhaps scary) accurate detail!
How much is too much? Well the typical Australian has around 34 teaspoons a day. This is way too much! It should be less than 5 teaspoons if you are serious about being healthy. Here’s a typical not so healthy Aussie day of eating. Easy to get 34 teaspoons+ if you come from a carbohydrate upbringing! Breakfast: 1.5 cups of cereal, 1 cup of OJ, 1 cup of milk. 10 teaspoons Snack: 2 little pastries and 1 can of softdrink. 15 teaspoons Lunch: Sandwich, muesli bar, apple juice. 7-15 teaspoons depending on size of the apple juice bottle. Snack: Gatorade. depending on size 7-10 teaspoons. Dinner: Salad with dressing. Potato. Pork chops. Bowl of icecream. 25-30 teaspoons. The end point of eating like this regularly? Obesity. Look for fat accumulation around the mid section and shoulder blades for tell tale signs of varying levels of insulin resistance and the icing on top – Diabetes. A healthy body fat level for men is between 10-15%. For women, 17-35%. Do you know what yours is? We can do this for you if you want to know and give you a plan to deal with it. Ph: 3854 0386 now. Operators standing by 🙂 It is a great motivator to see where you are at now and then set a firm target by years end. What’s 12 months when it comes to the rest of your life? Your call.
Okay, it may only be the beginning of the third week of the year but it is a critical time to start making some moves. If you get started now you will be taking advantage of the driving wave of motivation that often happens related to the famous New Years’ Resolutions that many people make in an attempt to change for the better. I have said some negative things about the NYR in the past but you know what, what ever sparks you up. It will be what you continue doing that will really make the difference, but everyone knows that. So what’s it going to be for you? Last week I spoke about goals. I am hoping you have put some work in here because your personal ‘why’ is critical to success. See that post for some help with how to do that. We have a program coming up that may be for you. It is a specialised small group training program that will go for 8 weeks (likely to continue each school term this year) from January 30. 3 mornings a week, 6am starts, comprehensive group assessment to start so everyone is categorised according to their individual starting point. We will be using My zone to track progress, our training app to help you with your own strength training in our key tag access gym to which access will be included and there will also be comprehensive guidance with nutrition because we all know you just cannot out train a bad diet. Check it out here!
As much as we like to talk about the big picture of metabolism and not getting too caught up in the minutiae of calorie intake, it does matter how much you eat and then how much you burn up. It is fully possible to get fat on healthy foods. Read and understand this article coming in to Christmas and make smart ‘big picture’ decisions. Remember that unless you are in so called ‘maintenance’ mode and have a good handle and control of energy in, versus energy out fluctuations, you should be erring on the side of less rather than more at this time of year. Whilst the science around exact calorie calculations might be a little sketchy it is an inescapable fact that an excess is going to sit around the waist or settle on the hips with often devastating effects on your health. Understand how the body works and be aware of the negative effects of too much in and not enough out at this critical time of year. Keep moving and make smart eating decisions folks so next year will be your best ever! That’s not just a throw away line. Why wouldn’t you try and make each year better than the last no matter how ‘good’ you think you are? In my mind there is only forward or back. Which way do you want to go?