I wanted to talk about something more personal to me. This blog is a little way of me getting thoughts off my chest, to promote what I do (I run an online classes business on the side), and to motivate/inspire people into fitness; into ANY kind of fitness!
A while ago I wrote about a crazy whole garrison Zumba I did and how it was pretty awesome and my love for Zumba. Shortly after this my love for it disintegrated. My personal fitness goals were shifting and I was suffering from a number of niggles, plantar fasciitis being one of them. The numbers in my Zumba class and other classes I ran had also died down so much it was disheartening to take them. I love to put absolutely 100% into my classes. I was becoming physically and mentally drained from teaching them.
In October last year I decided to stop all classes. I was getting an increasing amount of work at school and I wanted to ensure I was spending more time with my kids before we went back to the UK. I knew we only had around 9 months left in Brunei. Another reason was that I was becoming increasingly disheartened with taking the classes. It is not like the UK whereby it is a business and a nice side income, I was not earning much at all, relying on donations as well as ‘competing’ (unofficially!) with other trainers on the garrison for an extremely small amount of possible participants. We are unable unfortunately to open up our fitness classes to anyone beyond the garrison which is a huge shame as over the years I have been here a number of people from the local community have approached me about attending. At the time I decided to stop the classes I had become resentful of anything clashing with my classes and I did NOT want to feel like that. They were not worth feeling that way over. I was becoming negative and it was affecting me mentally. It had to stop so I drew a line under them and decided to focus on my own training, my online group and my kids!
Fast forward to xmas time and I was watching old videos of my zumba classes. The buzz came back from watching them. I missed it!! I missed the atmosphere, the crazy amount of sweat, the jumping about like a mad woman, creating of moves to the songs, seeking out songs… I missed Zumba. I also missed teaching classes in general.
I decided to start up a Bootcamp for free for my work colleagues. That gave me the push then to re-start one class, a Zumba class. I am back in my happy place now teaching my one Zumba class a week every Wednesday evening. Numbers attending, the buzz and atmosphere are all brilliant. Currently I am on a week off with our visitors but back to it next week and I can’t wait!
Fitness, teaching classes and teaching Zumba is such a huge part of me. It is what I have done since I was 19 (13 years). As I said in my previous blog about Zumba I honestly used to look down at Zumba. I started to look down on it again, it wasn’t fulfilling my fitness goals, I wasn’t sitting back and realising what Zumba ACTUALLY is all about. Zumba is a great way to get fit, but it is SO MUCH MORE than that. Here are some benefits of Zumba, in my words. You may think of more.
In conclusion, if you are reading this and haven’t tried Zumba ever, or haven’t done it for a long time, seek out a class. Give the class some time- go at least 3 or 4 times to the same class, give it a chance. Seek it out for all of those benefits. Alternatively I do post up ‘Dance Fitness’ classes onto my group. Join my group for access to those.
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Read about the crazy Garrison Zumba here.
Exercise is really just a made-up endeavour to make up for the lack of movement in modern human life (generally speaking).
However, given that ‘life is what you make it’, to me, exercise is an opportunity for me to optimise my body (and mind) so that I can continue to do the things that bring me joy.
Hiking, travelling, bike rides, being a Mum (this mum thing is tough some days!), beach days, picnics and random games of rounders, tennis etc- all these things I want to be able to do for as long as possible - ideally well into my 80s.
Resistance Training, Cardiovascular training, Mobility Training are all the things I do to MAINTAIN my ability to do the above. It’s not always fun. Some days I’m not up for it and would much rather plonk my ass down on the sofa for the time I’m given around the life, work and kids things I need to get done.
But I don’t, I always use that time (I actually put the time aside) each day to move my body to ensure I can be ME, to function, to live, to be able to run after my mental 2 year old when he decides to make a dash for it, to run alongside my daughter when she’s doing her x country races, to jump in and run around the pool with the kids and to feel mentally prepared for life in general. This is really what it’s about.
I mean, yes, absolutely theres always also that BUZZ of pushing myself towards a PB when I’m training but the movement I put my body through daily and weekly ultimately comes down to just nourishing and enabling my body and mind to just do “stuff”.
SO this message is to those of you (normal people) who think us fitness people are either strange, or lie about how excited we are to do burpees (which I can confirm is definitely mostly a lie). Exercise isn’t always enjoyable, but the stuff it can help us to be able to do for longer is awesome!
Even if you don’t get joy from the really physical activities, and instead from mental activities such as reading and art, your brain function benefits hugely from exercise. So yet again, exercise WILL SUPPORT THE THINGS THAT BRING YOU JOY.
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Within Anytime, Anywhere Fitness I encourage members to ask fitness questions they have. Here is one question I had recently.
“Hi Lianne. I am starting to get dimples in my arms and belly. Apart from the obvious is there anything else you would recommend? I am going through menopause and a probably drink too much beer. My problem is I start exercise with great intention then either some part of my body starts to bloody hurt so I stop!!!”
There are many parts to answering this question.
1. Dimples (cellulite)
2. Alcohol (covered in my previous blog here)
3. Exercise hurting
Let’s look at cellulite first. Whilst you can reduce the appearance by reducing overall body fat, we can never fully get rid of it. It’s a completely natural thing and one that we as women need to embrace a lot more than we do. Take a look at this picture. Paris Hilton has next to no body fat and still has cellulite. Rock it! We need to all start rocking our cellulite!
If you want to reduce your overall body fat, and therefore the appearance of cellulite (it will never fully go away) is to create a calorie deficit (a negative energy balance).
Before you read about calories you may want to watch this 4 minute video. It simplifies what calories actually are.
Simplified even further for this brief chat about calories is that in order to lose excess body fat we need to be in a calorie ‘deficit’. We need to be eating below the requirement needed to get through each day. If you have an active job/life you would in general need more calories to get through the day which is why exercise or movement in general is a great way to help you get into a deficit.
People with inactive jobs will need less food to survive the day as they’re moving less. For instance, if you have an inactive job and are eating as much as someone with an active job, inevitably you will gain excess body fat. So, moral of the story- work out your daily calorific needs, track what you eat and MOVE lots! Link at the bottom to lots of calculators.
A great place to reduce calories is by reducing the amount of alcohol you consume. These are empty calories and have no benefit to our bodies. As well as this alcohol can inhibit fat loss in MANY ways. Please see my previous BLOG about alcohol for more in depth detail about this.
3. Exercise hurting
If exercise is hurting you, definitely change what you’re doing. Consider a different method. If it’s because your muscles are aching, this is normal to an extent but if it is uncomfortable, find something you enjoy doing to get your movement in. Anything that raises your heart rate a little and moves your body is great. You don’t have to absolutely flog yourself.
Any questions and discussion points are AS ALWAYS welcome 😊
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