No doubt you’ve come across the many videos of so-called influencers setting fitness challenges on the various social media channels. From waist training using uncomfortable corsetry to extreme cardio daily challenges, there are so many trends out there often being promoted by unqualified people. According to a survey carried out by Origym, a third of British people interviewed said ‘picture perfect’ social media images make them want to lose weight.
So this month we are going to take a look at some of the most popular trends and offer some alternatives to help you set realistic goals that you can achieve safely.
Exercise Trends to Avoid
The best way to improve your fitness and body shape is to take part in moderate, regular exercise and eat a healthy balanced diet. Try not to aspire to unrealistic body shape goals and instead aim to have a strong, healthy body. Fitness classes and one to one sessions are a great way to get in shape under the supervision of a qualified instructor. There, you can get help and advice on how to tailor workouts to suit your ability and fitness level and set achievable goals for life-long health and well-being.
Nutrition Trends To Avoid
The NHS Eatwell guide contains great information on how to follow a healthy and sustainable diet for the whole family. Balance is key- don’t deny yourself treats, instead focus on eating well throughout the week.
Social media is a great tool for finding out about fitness and nutrition but should be done with caution. Research any fitness/nutrition advice and always consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime or diet.
Contact Amanda for more information on how you can improve your health and fitness, At Smart Fitt there are lots of classes to cater for all fitness levels and physical abilities as well as personal training sessions and nutrition advice.
Covid-19 has meant a complete change for how Smart-Fitt can bring fitness classes to the local community but thankfully we can all still stay active with me through my virtual classes!
Virtual classes allow anyone to join in from the comfort of their own home by following along to one of Amanda’s classes online. It’s easy to lose motivation, especially in the current situation but exercise, as we know, boosts our physical and mental health. We all need a boost right now and virtual classes are a great way to stay fit and healthy.
Smart-Fitt classes that are available online are the Move It Or Lose It classes and the Total Body Blast classes.
Total Body Blast - Youtube Playlist
Move it or lose it - Youtube Playlist
Move It or Lose It classes are ideal for older people and those who have limited mobility. Exercises can be performed seated or standing and can be adapted to suit everyone no matter their ability. Many of the moves are ‘functional fitness’, meaning they represent activities we commonly carry out in our daily lives eg; knee raises which can help with our ability to get up and down the stairs. The classes are fun and relaxed, as you can see in our videos:
Exercises are wonderfully designed to help us older people to keep mobile, great music too, to which we often sing along!
(Sue, attends Move It Or Lose It at Elsea Park)
Thank you so much for the weekly keep fit videos you put online... It puts a big smile on my face! I am so happy knowing I am doing something to stay fit.
(Ann, online weekly videos)
Total Body Blast classes are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes which are ideal if you want to burn calories and get fit! HIIT workouts consist of short, intense bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. Amanda has been doing a weekly Total Body Blast class online, checkout the workouts available so far:
Total Body Blast is great for getting in shape and improving fitness and the online classes are great for keeping you motivated:
Since lockdown I’ve been following her videos on YouTube and they’ve been so effective and good and they still manage to motivate me which is something I struggle to do on my own. I can’t wait to start the sessions again to see how much further I can push myself.
(Cassie Strickland, attends 1-1 sessions)
Watch this space for more virtual classes and shout up on social media if there is something you particularly enjoy or would like me to cover.