Today I'll share with you a little video that I made a few hours after I landed in Thailand for my holiday last week, so stick around to watch it :-)
I thought it pertinent to share this, not for the acknowledgement of the exercises that I did, but simply to say that we all have a choice to maintain healthy habits and treat them with the utmost importance no matter the circumstance.
What do I mean by that? Well, it's safe to say that I am relatively new to the fitness industry, a few years young. I like to think that my youth is a benefit because I don't look at the industry through rose tinted glasses. I don't see it as a cash cow or just another job, I am passionate about inspiring others to be the best that they can be.
The greatest thing that I have noticed in the industry is that there is a saturation of people fighting towards short term goals. Looking at the 'next holiday six pack,' or the 'summer body.' Whilst it is great to have goals and strive towards them there tends to be a 'yoyo syndrome' that kicks in.
People work really hard for a few months and then let it all go on holiday with no training and making unrealistically poor food choices. Heck, it even works the other way around with a whole industry that revolves around fitness retreats like ones here in Thailand where people come to lose weight and feel better. They spend their hard earned cash on feeling better (short term solutions) and don't maintain it.
What's the point of that? I can tell you from first hand experience that with the 'yoyo syndrome' you can set yourself up to gain more weight even faster in the future and not just the flabby bits, but more of the bad visceral fat too.
It's the one thing that I have done right this time around with my weight loss and it keeps me excited for holidays where I actually have spare time to train.
A lot of people bust a gut (literally) to get to the gym and prepare for 'holiday mode,' they re-arrange their schedules and make the commitment to TIME spent in the gym. Then suddenly on holiday ironically TIME is abundant and the good habits that have been developed fall by the way side.
My focus with my clients has and always will be, building a solid foundation and understanding that healthy habits can last a lifetime. Creating a healthy and happy way to train so that you actually look forward to a session because you understand why you are doing it and you enjoy the movement.
I made the video below at a bus station in the centre of Bangkok. I hadn't slept for 20 hours, I was tired and stiff from the flight but I knew I had to move. I scouted the area, bought some water, bought some food for afterwards, purchased anti bacterial wipes and cream - then found a dirty corner to train in as I waited for my bus. People looked at me funny for a few minutes and then didn't care anymore because they saw that all I was doing was movement and exercise.
I hope that you can see that I'm just a dude who likes to train now, and that I always implement a policy of training on holiday every second day, I move, I get sweaty and feel amazing for it.
See if you can set that as your challenge before your next holiday. See if you can plan a little ahead of schedule and include some sort of fun run or family fitness challenge. You might just have the best rush of endorphins on holiday that you've ever had.
Let's all stay away from the 'yoyo syndrome!' Enjoy the video below and if you're interested in forming healthy mental habits towards movement and diet then feel free to get in touch!
Stay Strong this week and Keep Moving to your goals.
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.