Coaches' Corner: Making Fitness Fun!

Making Fitness Fun!

Good Day Friends - For this edition of  "Coaches Corner" we are honored to have Allen Branch back. For those who do not know Allen, he has decades of experience and a unique perspective gleaned from years of training with a direct student of Bruce Lee, 

In this article, Allen was tasked with the topic of how to make fitness fun, Take it away Allen!

Are you ready to get started on a journey towards a healthier, fitter you? Fitness doesn't have to be a mundane chore; it can be a thrilling adventure that keeps you motivated and engaged. In this blog post, we'll explore three fantastic ways to make fitness fun and enjoyable for people over 40. Whether you're looking to gain lean muscle, burn fat, or speed up your metabolism, these exciting activities will help you achieve your goals and break out of any fitness boredom. 

1. Glove Up: Kickboxing and MMA

Ready to unleash your inner warrior? This one is my favorite and makes you forget the time while gaining the benefits. Adding martial arts like kickboxing or MMA to your fitness routine can turn your workout into an adrenaline-pumping experience. Not only will you learn self-defense techniques, but you'll also challenge your cardiovascular fitness, build lean muscle, and improve your coordination. The best part? It's an absolute blast! Glove up, throw some punches, and feel the empowering rush as you unleash your inner strength.

[Note From Michael - If you don't think this in you, you can find places with free trials. The workouts are intense, and punching the bag is a workout. You do not need to spar if that intimidates you!]

2. Crawl, then Walk: Incorporating Crawling into Your Walking Routine

Who says fitness can't be playful? Remember those carefree childhood days when crawling around the house was your preferred mode of transportation? Well, it's time to revisit those memories! Incorporating crawling into your outdoor walking routine can do wonders for your fitness. Try performing basic crawling movements like the bear crawl, which engages your core and builds total body strength. Not only will this unconventional approach boost your functional fitness, but it will also bring out the childlike joy in you…And help you as you age be able to get up and down from the floor. 

3. Use Virtual Reality (VR)

Step into a world of limitless possibilities with virtual reality! VR offers an immersive fitness experience that can make your workouts fly by in a heartbeat. There are multiple games and routines in virtual reality specifically designed to challenge your cardiovascular fitness and keep you engaged. From virtual boxing to dancing, there's something for everyone. Put on your VR headset, get lost in a virtual world, and watch as your fitness goals become a thrilling adventure

4. Embrace Outdoor Adventure:

Fitness isn't limited to the confines of a gym. Step outside and embrace the wonders of the great outdoors! Hiking, cycling, kayaking, and rock climbing are just a few examples of thrilling outdoor activities that can transform your fitness journey into an epic adventure. Not only will you challenge your body in new ways, but you'll also get to enjoy the beauty of nature and the invigorating feeling of conquering new heights. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your bike, or get your helmet– the great outdoors awaits!

Fitness doesn't have to be a dull and repetitive routine. By incorporating activities like kickboxing, crawling, virtual reality workouts  and outdoor adventures into your fitness regimen, you can infuse excitement and joy into your journey towards a healthier lifestyle. So, put on those gloves, get down on the ground, step into the virtual realm, and embrace the great outdoors. Let's make fitness an adventure you'll love and cherish for years to come.

Allen Branch is a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He is a 2nd generation student of Bruce Lee and currently works with people over 40 for weight loss, fitness and movement based exercise.

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