On one hand, much has changed about how folks are working out since the COVID pandemic hit.
More virtual fitness classes.
More at-home workouts.
More Nordic Trac.
In short, many companies have capitalized on the fact that folks couldn’t get into a gym for a long time (some still can’t, while others still choose not to). But on the other hand, home workouts without any human connection or accountability isn’t really a new thing…and really aren’t successful.
There are loads of people with unused treadmills, ellipticals, and all kinds of other pieces of fitness equipment sitting around, gathering dust or with clothes hung on them. Any yard sale you hit up is sure to include the same…unused fitness equipment, DVD’s, etc. People have been working out in their own homes - in many different ways / iterations / methods - for a really long time…(think Richard Simmons, TaeBo, Beachbody)
...it’s just that MORE people are turning to it now.
And I’m going to make a pretty bold statement here that I’m sure will result in a few people unsubscribing from my list (and that’s just fine):
Self-motivated home workouts (of any kind) aren’t the answer for most people.
Thanks for giving me a chance to explain myself 😉
People are social beings, and simply watching some instructor on a screen - with whom they have little to zero connection with - doesn’t fulfill our desire for human interaction.
If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we need one another. We thrive on human connection; real, live human-to-human connection. And without it, most of us become anxious, depressed, and otherwise mentally and physically unwell. In my opinion & expertise as both a physical and mental health professional, I think what all people need now is someone in their corner, offering encouragement, accountability, and a listening ear.
We need someone who can celebrate our wins, pick us up when we’re down, and help show us how to get back on track.
We need someone who notices if we don’t show up, and cares enough to check in and ask if we’re okay.
We need someone who does more than bark out the next exercise or focus on how much we’re sweating.
We need someone who also asks about our family & lives, because they genuinely care about us as people.
We need a Coach.
And I say “we” because I absolutely include myself in this group. I am grateful to have many Coaches in my life, each of whom I value and cherish.
I could go on and on (and on) about why I don’t feel that self-motivated home workouts aren’t for most of us… but this is an email & not a propaganda piece in a mainstream magazine, so I’ll cut myself off here. But I’ll leave you with this...invest in yourself.
Invest your time, money, and energy into finding a Coach….the right coach…. And you’ll be making an investment in your own happiness that will pay unimaginable dividends over time.
- Coach Michelle