Dream Bod or Daily Bod
Lets face it, our dream body and the body that works best for us are probably not the same thing.
One is likely to require constant work to retain its level of muscularity and body fat levels while the other will provide us with the function and ache free existence to get through rigours of a busy day.
My dream body is not what fitness publications would refer to as a ‘dream body’. But, it is strong, healthy, agile and pain free. I get through everyday without an ache and have energy to spare.
Body Gone At 45?
I just performed the first Surfgym balance and stability class using the Rooboard at a private class in London.
At 45 years old you may think I am a little too old to start teaching fitness again. Ten years ago I would have thought the same thing. But I am also fitter, stronger and more mobile than I was ten years ago. How did that happen?
For as long as I remember I have been fit and healthy. I enjoyed playing sports and my upbringing in New Zealand gave me the perfect environment to exercise in.
I competed in triathlons and multi-sports for many years and ran the Auckland marathon. I was a member of team from the London surf club who swam the English Channel.
I have been lean, muscled and somewhere in between depending on my focus at the time. You could say I took my body and fitness seriously – at the time I certainly thought I did.
However, on a cold wet morning just a few days after my 40 birthday I assessed what I needed to do to get my body through the next 40 years, hopefully in good health and hopefully injury free.
I acknowledged a few things;
I would never again reach the cardiovascular heights of my triathlon days. I would not have the time to surf as much. Due to work and career commitments my gym workouts would be limited to three sessions a week and some weeks this would be none. Running on hard surfaces had lead to lots of niggling injuries, I could still run but only once a week and it had to be off road.
So what did I do? I took my training seriously. I forgot about the vanity exercises and focused on good old fashioned functional fitness. Then I experimented with how I could speed up my functional fitness workouts.
At 45 years old am I putting my feet-up? Definitely not, my fitness journey to true muscular symmetry and perfect balance is just beginning.