Fitness, simply put, is the sum of all the things you want your body to do and what it can do. It’s based around a “use it or lose it concept”. Our bodies are meant to survive, which means eliminating the unnecessary to increase our chances of surviving.
When you exercise, you’re providing a reason for your body to adapt. It has a reason for you to be strong, fast, or be able to do more than run across the parking lot. When you stop exercising, it has no reason to keep you fit. That extra muscle that made you strong, fast or able to breathe forever is now a waste of energy.
Think of it like a roommate that paid his bills on time and was totally awesome. However, one day he lost his job and stopped paying the bills, but never moved out and ate your food. That’s how your body views the muscle required to be fit.
Muscle requires energy to have. Not just to use, but its very existence requires more energy from the body just to have it. The body is all about efficiency (lazy) and therefore doesn’t want to spend a single calorie that it doesn’t have to. When you go from exercising 3 to 5 times a week to not exercising at all, your body immediately recognizes it doesn’t have a need to keep the muscle that made you fit and works quickly to get rid of it and increase body fat (your body’s extra storage for hard times).
Losing your fitness is rough, both on the body and on your mental state. It happens to all of us at some point though. Moving across the country, a new relationship you’re enamored with, loss of a job, the list goes on and on. The good news is you can regain your fitness. It doesn’t have to be a permanent loss!
Since your body is all about adapting, you just need to give it a reason to be fit. Do things a fit person would do, you know, like exercise! There’s a whole host of ways you can start such as online workouts you can do from home, joining group classes that are low threat, or even hiring a professional coach to meet you where you’re at. The important part is really just getting started.
Believe me when I say that although getting started sounds difficult, it’s really not. You can always join a friend who’s already going to the gym. You can watch a fitness class to see if it fits with your vibe. You could even sit down with a professional coach and do a No Sweat Intro to discuss your goals and the best options to helping you achieve them.
If you still feel unsure of where to start your amazing turnaround, drop me a message and I’d be glad to help you find the right starting point for your goals!
To Your Success,
Hidden Gem CrossFit