Hello to you all and welcome to this article dealing with new trends in 2020 regarding how exercise is viewed, implemented and how it is undertaken in the social company of others. So it is a combination of physical mental emotional social well-being that is focused on fitness not abs. Due to COVID 19 however, countries have introduced travel bans, lockdowns with the shutting of schools and borders. Similarly, advice on self-quarantine guidelines are sweeping across the globe if you believe you have contracted COVID 19. Consequently, the world health organization has recently classified COVID 19 as a pandemic.
Therefore how this will change previously projected new trends is now open to question. One thing is sure it is attacking and succeeding in the deaths of the 50+ age group. Especially those with underlying conditions, not in full fitness with weak immune systems. So if quarantined see this as an opportunity to start a daily routine of exercise. We need to get fitter adding nutrition and supplements to help our immune systems fight this pandemic. Consequently complying with recommended safeguards from recognized authorities not rumours and scaremongering appears the best chance to beat this scourge.
What was this fitness trend
We don’t know as yet what this pandemic is going to do and where we end up. Above all it is big and bound to produce a constant in life which is change. Projected working out was going to be more about our well-being through fitness. As a result it is no longer about being a muscle-building fanatic.
It was going to be about mind and body not as a way of losing weight. A more combined approach, not only about scales readings. Including other statistics such as blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, steps you take each day. Tracking your fruits and vegetables intake and the nourishing effect of sleep to gain long term benefits. Long term goals will bring success not the short term ones. Hence the commitment to long term fitness levels that will sustain your health well into the future is advisable.
Previously there was a definite carryover from the tail end of last year when it became very clear on a much wider scale by a plethora of research that there was not any short term fix. Immediate weight loss or that perfect looking flat stomach neither the burning of fat rapidly was instantly achieved. It takes time, perseverance, effort, commitment on a daily basis and even then results would be slow as they should be. Therefore other factors such as metabolism, nutrition, what we eat, how we exercise etc equally take time to achieve results.
As more and more people started to find out what the overall achieved results could be and how they could be achieved. Without the necessity of going to a trainer or gym. Technology advancement was bringing that to the home or within reach as in extending into community or friends group. Even individually bringing the social interaction element into play through streaming services. This is important people are humans and very fond of our social interactions wherever they may both offline of online.
What are the physical guidelines for this combined form
We touched upon the social aspects of this in how technological advancement is adding to interaction from the community to individual. Playing a part in the other combination elements of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
In the physical aspects all these promises for one-day miracles in magazines. Body achievements such as losing weight through sales pitches are debunked. People are now concentrating on what are termed ‘core conditioning’ as the only way to burn fat. Consequently not only working on the spot muscles but expending more calories than taken in. Hence ‘the core’ is where our concentration should be.
Core conditioning exercises develop strength in the core muscles which effectively boosts workouts and reduce the possibility of injury. Therefore it is safer which reduces the chance of us not being able to stick to our routines daily. As a result, it improves posture which helps us look trimmer. Women with trim tummy with a bad posture will look pot-bellied.
Core, is the muscles in the lower back, abdomen and lower pelvis that lie between the hips and rib cage. Core strengthening should be familiar with people who have experienced back pain. Strengthening ‘the core’ is essential for daily living as we may be called upon in lifting a child or sponging a spot on the floor. Even something as simple as reaching up to get something off a shelf not only sports and exercise.
Studies from the 1900’s show that those with a healthy back as opposed to those with back pain. Reflexively contract their transverse abdominal muscles which wrap around from the sides of their lower back to the front. This is beneficial because it is before they move a leg or an arm. Experts thus concluded that coordinated core muscle is a spine stabilizer. It forms the base of support for any such movement
The conclusions reached and recommended is that exercises supporting the core should form part of an overall combined fitness plan. This should include moderate movement such as a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day more days than not in a week. To include 20 – 30 minutes of strength training twice or three times in a week in exercises designed to focus on ‘the core’. These are numerous and we will go into them in detail. However, the internet is a useful knowledge to extract some of these freely available through a simple search if you want to get going immediately.
Are the mental and emotional aspects required
The answer to that can be emphatically elusive as a result. The health and fitness industry has concentrated on empowering people to consider their health in terms of exercise and fitness. A question regarding having a fitness plan will probably be answered with a resounding yes. The same question regarding their mental and emotional well-being is met with a resounding no. Perhaps an occasional I see my psychologist for my mental and emotional health. A relatively small minority may answer with an affirmative yes.
Mental / Emotional
Believe it or not, there is an equivalent to fitness and its psychological well-being. Also known as happiness, thriving and life satisfaction. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of well-being. A person has the ability to cope with everyday Stressors, work productively, contribute to their community and fulfil their potential.
How one functions psychologically socially and emotionally. Does he/she navigate the complex knit of purpose, meaning, mastery and autonomy successfully?. The connection to people or place is what mental well-being is all about. It is starting to catch up with physical fitness as the benefits are becoming more apparent through increasing research.
Why do we get the kind of response mentioned above.? It turns out that people are naturally doing it without being aware. We are all doing it when we connect with people or take a walk in the park. Activities such as walking and interacting that when we are stressed or busy we ironically don’t do. In fact, we should be doing more of them if we are to maintain our health and mental fitness.
My well-being workout:
(a) Movement – Cycling and walking
(b) Practising gratitude and mindfulness.
(c) Interacting and contributing with friends and family
(d) Talking the talk and walking the walk in alignment with my values
(e) Helping others in need with good deeds.
Which follows a simple model of move – Learn – Connect – Notice – Give
As we come to the end of this article we should be aware of the circumstances that we find ourselves. We should not fall in the trap of being inactive and unfit. There exist many ways as seen above of using technology such as Skype or interactive conferencing. Do we want to interact for exercise or streaming services to do exercise routines?. Remember it is the combination of physical mental emotional social well-being route that we want to apply so we are fighting fit. We must be ready for whatever is to come at us in this very uncertain world at the moment.
It will pass as it has countless times before, what it leaves us to deal with is another question. Whatever change we encounter I wish you safe passage in all you do remain healthy and fit until next time. Please contact me with any questions and suggestions my contact details are above. Please leave a comment below in the comment box on the article it is much appreciated and I thank you.
Wishing you all the best until next time.