Gyms up and down the country will be brimming at the seams with eager people wanting to lose weight or just get fit.
But two weeks on, the story will most definitely be different as the majority of them fall off the bandwagon and abandon the gym in droves because they just don’t like the gym.
Well, despite being the biggest fan of gyms and possibly every exercise out there, I will totally discourage these people from joining in the first place.
Why waste your money and time if you have no passion for it?
You’re never going to stick to it. Worse still you could end up being in a situation where you turn to food for comfort because you think you “deserve it” for going along to the gym in the first place.
Alas, there is another way. A much easier way. It’s to move! It’s as easy and simple as that!
Just days before Christmas, I had the privilege to go meet and interview Erwan Le Corre.
He’s the founder of of MovNat, a physical education and fitness system based entirely on using the full range of our evolutionarily, human specific movements.
To put in layman’s terms, the stuff you did as a kid in the playground. (I remember those days, grazed knees! ouch!)
You know, make believe and pretend you’re walking on a log, crawling under a low tree, jumping across canals.
Erwan’s ethos is to go back to basics. Go back to nature and rediscover skills that made us, the human race, one of the most adaptable on earth.
It involves the combined training of walking, running, jumping, balancing, moving on all fours, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, swimming and defending.
You will develop mental qualities for action and dramatically enhance the perception of your body, the environment and the situation.
You will learn to better control your breathing, to understand your inner sensations, to relax and stay alert.
You will be introduced to the universal laws of natural health.
Erwan has been called “one of the fittest men in the world” and a “fitness visionary” by Men’s Health magazine and is now acknowledged as one of the most prominent experts in the field of evolutionary fitness.
He is currently working on the MovNat certification, book, and DVD, while regularly giving presentations and training private groups, including special forces.
And although, Erwan and I never ventured out into a jungle like caveman and cavegirl, (gutted!! ) he did give me a taster of what it was like to move and think like a cavegirl in a small room in North London using basic props, imagery and make believe just as if I were in a real jungle and in real danger.
Even though I wasn’t sweating bucketloads, my heart rate was definitely thumping at top speed and I was panting for breath!
By the end of the session I was positively knackered.
And yet at no point did I feel I was doing a workout.
I was taken back to my childhood days and into the playground. It was brilliant!
And I really did walk away with food for thought and that’s why I wanted to write thing blog about the basic principle of moving our bodies.
It’s what our bodies were designed to do.
If we can incorporate these basic moves – walking, running, jumping, balancing, moving on all fours, climbing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, swimming and defending – in our everyday life, we really don’t need to join the gym.
As I said earlier, it really is as simple as that. So why not try it for yourself and if you’re one of those people, that don’t like the gym, then you will never have to go near one again and still be fit!
If you want to learn more about Erwan, check out his website. http://movnat.com/