Generalized fitness routines are as strange a concept as they are ubiquitous.
Ideally, physical fitness is a byproduct of moving throughout the day. However, the conveniences of modernity and the proliferation of sedentary extracurricular activities have left many of us immobile for long stretches.
We’re left stressing over trying to fit a gym session into our busy schedules. When we manage to, it’s an isolated activity in a specific place, for a (mostly) arbitrarily prescribed time, with an added 10-20 minutes on either end to account for transition (set-up, commute, showering, etc.).
Most of us are not in a situation where deliberate practice and isolated supplementary routines are necessary to gain the edge in some athletic competition.
The excitement around the so-called “smart” in-home fitness boom (think Peloton, Mirror, Tonal) is still a manifestation of this segregation and professional co-opting of fitness activities.
We’re so eager to transcend our physical bodies. The minimum viable fitness mindset is a kind of optimization with outsized consequences.
Until we manage to upload our brains to the cloud, think about integrating more movement throughout your day rather than isolating “doing fitness.”
Get creative and fun. Think like a child. Crawl up and down the stairs, skip to your car, dance spontaneously, park far away, climb things, take walking meetings, sprint, carry stuff above your head, parkour!
Exercise without realizing it and realize a fit body and mind.