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How full is your fitness savings account?

We all know what a savings account at the bank is but what is a fitness savings account? Your fitness savings account is the result of years of accumulation of choosing to move your body. Maybe you’ve googled “How do I increase my fitness?” or “How do I lose weight?” Both are questions I receive weekly from followers and clients. The fitness savings account is a concept I LOVE. I think we often view our health as something that comes or goes. We label it good or bad. We think that either we have it or we don’t. That is simply not true!

I’ve been working as a personal trainer for almost twelve years. I’ve been a nutritionist for five of those years. You could say I have a pretty good understanding of diet/fitness culture and what does and does not work for the majority of people.

I have been a varying level fit my entire life. When I was 11 years old I started running. At 14 years old I started swimming and competing in triathlons. In high school I ran cross-country and got into strength training. At 18 I found CrossFit and competed in the sport as much as I could. Then at 27 I had my first baby, at 29 I had my second baby. My body after having two kids is not currently at the level of fitness it was at before having kids BUT it is still very fit because of the time and effort I put into building up my fitness bank.

No activity is a waste. Every time you choose to move your body in a healthy way you add to your fitness bank. Go for a morning walk? You’ve added to your fitness bank. Take the stairs at work? You’ve added to your fitness bank.

Just like a regular bank account, you get what you put in. Do you move your body everyday? You will likely have more fitness saved up than someone who only moves their body once per week. Here’s an article by Tangerine comparing financial and physical fitness.

When we decide to start saving up our money for a big purchase we don’t have thousands of dollars to immediately throw at it, we have to budget, work extra hours and be aware of how we use our time. The same goes for fitness!

Just like you may have started investing for your retirement, you can also start investing your long term health with small daily habits. Overtime you will watch your fitness bank grow. When an emergency comes along it may need to use up some of your fitness savings but the bigger that account us, the less of a hit you will take.

You might be thinking, how do I increase my fitness? Check out this post “Five no excuse workouts you can do anywhere”

Here are some tips for adding to your fitness bank:

  1. 7-8K steps per day. We have solid research supporting this recommendation, if this was the only activity you pursued you would still be setting your self up for a longer and healthier life.

  2. Strength training. Strength training has SO many benefits including increased muscle mass and increased bone density. I recommend 3-4x strength training sessions per week.

  3. Yoga! Looking for a relaxing way to increase strength and flexibility, try out some yoga! My favourite free resource is Yoga with Adrienne

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