Friday non-food treat: November

Food should be enjoyable—but it shouldn’t be your greatest source of joy. Each month I focus on a non-food treat that’s boosting my happiness, in the hope that you’ll find some pleasure in it too!

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Recently, I read that 11% of people with a gym membership haven’t gone to the gym for more than a 12 months. And that’s despite paying an average of £47 a month, or £564 a year.

It’s a little shocking—but also easy to understand. Going to the gym can be a pain. For most people, it takes time to get there before you can even start your workout. Once you are there, you have to share equipment with other sweaty folk and maintain motivation, all while trying to uphold some semblance of gym etiquette.

Throw in the fact it’s dark early in the morning and late at night and…well…it seems quite reasonable to want to stay at home.

I’ve been through a few gym memberships in my life, but I haven’t actually stepped inside a gym for more than two and a half years. That’s not because I’ve stopped exercising, but because I started doing it at home.

A few years ago I stumbled across a Fitness Blender workout video on YouTube. There are lots of fitness channels around, but this one immediately resonated with me for a few reasons:

1. None of their videos have that awful, trance-like fitness music. I appreciate that that can be motivating for some people but, my word, it’s not for me.

2. Their workouts are reasonable in length but also quite punchy. You really can work up a sweat in less than 30 minutes.

3. The instructors, Daniel and Kelli, seem like lovely people. They’re also married, which I find extremely cute.

Their company has been going for a few years, which means they have hundreds of videos available. Their workouts also cover a lot of disciplines. Fancy some pilates? They’ve got that. HIIT more your thing? Take your pick. Just want a simple strength workout? There’s plenty of those too.

And the best part? They’re all completely free.

Whatever it is, Daniel and/or Kelli are right there puffing along with you. They have a real, approachable attitude to fitness (even they say they don’t feel like exercising sometimes—hallelujah!) which is far more compelling than the usual shouty coaching.

As I’ve written about before, I used to do a lot of running, but I’ve swapped that in favour of strength training with a little bit of cardio thrown in. I invested in some adjustable dumbbells, and with a whole library of videos to choose from, I haven’t looked back.

Of course, the accessibility of this type of working out is a double-edged sword. With my ‘gym’ about a ten-second commute downstairs, it’s very difficult to conjure a reason not to go! But really that’s a good thing. Regular, appropriate exercise has a positive effect on everything from your digestion to your sleep, so it’s worth making the habit as effortless as possible.

I’ve found myself recommending fitnessblender.com to lots of clients. Generally, I find people are either exercising too much or too little. Fitness Blender makes it easy to hit that perfect medium—and you’ll be £564 better off.

For personalised recommendations, please feel free to get in touch.

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