Getting Fit Is Like A Walk In The Park
Getting fit, healthy and happy is not as difficult as you might think. And you don't have to run your batteries dry on a treadmill. In fact, you can walk your way to the healthiest you - so says Tuomas Isoaho, a personal trainer and a healthy lifestyle expert who wants you to be fit and healthy. He 'can show you how to get a six-pack too, if you want. I warn you, you won’t be doing crunches'. Sounds too good to be true? Of course there is a catch! ;) I have met with Tuomas to spell his wellness secrets out for you. Read on.
Finland-born and a world resident with his client base spread out across London, New York and Paris, Tuomas studied Personal Training in Stockholm in one of the leading Personal Training academies in the world and Sport Science in London (BSc (Hons)/Middlesex University – London Sport Institute) and has always been active since he remembers himself.
Tuomas noticed quite early how amazing being healthy feels and how much people disregard it having the lifestyle that doesn't lead them anywhere but downhill. Hence Tuomas made his passion his job, and, in his own words, he's 'on a mission to get people moving and eating right'. Fitness, he says, should be sustainable, and self-motivating, nothing crazy, just smart. Most people focus on completely the wrong exercises and parts of their body.
So if many of us are doing it wrong, what's the right way? And where does walking come into picture? Here's what Tuomas has to say.
- Here you go. Part one - unplanned exercise. Walk Your Walk! According to Tuomas, this is the type of (life changing) aerobic exercise we do without actually ‘exercising’. W shave on average 12 active hours in the day - if you spend 10 minutes of every active hour keeping active (use the stairs in the office to go collect mail from exception, walk across the room to speak to a colleague instead of Skyping away, go for a walk during lunchtime - you name it!), as well as walk to/from work, or get 1 tube/bus stop earlier to walk the remaining distance - consider your unplanned exercise sorted. With this approach it will make up to 10 000 steps a day, which is about 7-8k (5 miles). Remember - every step counts, from the moment you wake up. 'Apart from looking after your cardiovascular health, the above level of activity will ensure your metabolism is ticking away the way it should and no food gets trapped in your gut for too long a period of time' - says Tuomas. I'm convinced! Are you?
- Part two - planned exercise. Resistance Training. That's when you go to the gym and make your muscles work with weights. The good news? 2 hours a week (4 sessions x 30 min) is just perfect - no need to go crazy and train like an athlete (in fact, take a note on CrossFit and high intensity training below). With my gym being across the road from Imperial College Business School where I am studying this is definitely manageable. The new fitness app from Australia for girls - Zova - also comes handy and keeps me motivated and gets me going at the gym (more details on Zova app to come closer to the launch!).
- And now, attention please - Don't Train Yourself To Death! Literally. High Intensity trainings, says Tuomas, are developed for athletes who push themselves to the limit. Unless you are in fact an athlete whose job comes at a price of training at gruelling regimes and injuries, focus on your health instead. (Also, check this article here about injuries that CrossFit does not want you to know about). Do essential exercise (refer to the unplanned and planned exercise above!) that boosts your health, gives you lots of energy and comes with rewards rather than losses.
Last but not least? Stay alert of what you eat and how good the healthy eating habits make you feel. Luckily, Tuomas has something to say on it, too (and believe it or not, you can eat carbs!) - have a sneak peek on his daily menu in his blog here.
Oh and whenever you are having a walk in the park next - give me a buzz, I am up for it! :)