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Making the lifestyle about family

By: Quinton de Bruin

Let's go with the fact that this is the second instalment on why the challenge I am taking part in is about a shift in lifestyle, so a bit more than just the Wild challenge. When I think about the turns life takes without notice and then one goes and chooses to throw a change in there by choice, and not just any change but a lifestyle change. When I think of a lifestyle change I feel for the people that live with me and in my inner circle – they get to live it with me.

We have spoken about having your compelling reason for doing something, the motivation that will keep you going when the odds are stacked against you. Dig deep enough and I believe there would be very few people who aren't taking on change to improve their life and relationships they have with their family. I have found it really difficult to enhance a relationship with my seven-year-old while watching a TV programme together, yet if I play with him or do activities with him, we bond and laugh and sometimes cry but there is something unbeatable about sharing those moments.

The weather we have been getting of late makes it near impossible to get stuck in front of an Xbox and who would want to. So, I thought today I would share some activities that are right on our doorstep (in some cases you don't even need to leave home) that will actually give you a caloric benefit – you burn fat while enjoying a better lifestyle with your family. We went for a mountain bike ride today out at Te Miro. I look back now and for every half hour of activity for my weight on the bike I burnt 468 calories! Take the family out on the road at a leisurely ride out on the Te Awa cycleway to Lake Karapiro and every 30 minutes your leaving 220 calories out there.

When the kids ask you to come jump on the trampoline again, don't instinctively say no, think 193 calories for every 30 minutes! Or on a day like today when the family are doing back flips into the pool, don't be the guy sitting watching – claim 300 calories.

One of the most enjoyable things about parenting is that you get to do activities you never got around to or at the time you just had no interest in. For me that was skateboarding, suddenly I am a fan at 275 calories. This list is endless and possibly a timely thought is that the purpose of the activity isn't about the calories you will burn, it is about the time and enjoyment you get to share with your family – there is just this massive (and clearly forgotten) benefit of burning fat while doing it! Tell me again this is purely about diet, huh. What is also often forgotten is that kids learn through observing their influencers and that, parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents is us! Sit a lot and your kids will sit a lot. Get outside and active and your kids with share that interest. Show an interest in what they are doing (riding bikes, swimming, jumping on a trampoline or riding a skateboard and you have them eating out of the palm of your hand.)

What I haven't mentioned is the "brownie points" you score for looking after the kids and keeping them entertained. That makes getting to the gym of your resistance training session easy, and look that is important. Mel recently posted a link to a page (http://rudymawer.com/blog/7-health-benefits-weight-training) that elaborates well on why anybody and everybody (male and female) benefits from weight training. The days of weight rooms in the gym being associated with muscle bound meat heads is history. We have advanced a bit since throwing rocks around, fetching water for the group or carrying out hunt spoils back to camp. So, what do we do to ensure we retain strong bones, our muscles function effectively and in turn constantly burns energy in the form of calories? Well our modern sedentary lifestyle means in more cases than not, the answer to that is 'nothing'. If you haven't changed your lifestyle in that regard as yet, now is good!

Today was day 8 and the eating is really second nature now. Breakfast was guilt free BBQ leftovers – what more could I want! Didn't need lunch so snacked on a dry wors stick. Dinner was a lovely butterflied chicken served with a mixed green salad and some roast veggies – lovely in the warmer summer evenings.

My weight session was chest and triceps today and I closed out the session with 20 minutes on the Cybex Sparc, doing a high intensity interval session. I did manage to upsize the cardio for the day with a session on the mountain bike – I'll claim an hour there too and a great time with an awesome young man. These things are so much easier when you include your family in ways where they get to enjoy your journey with you.

The small print: now is probably a good time to encourage you to have a discussion about your personal situation with your doctor, a nutritionist and the Body and Motion trainers to work out how best to achieve any challenges you have in mind. The thoughts in these blogs are my own personal opinion and shouldn't be taken as direct advice. Some of the choices around what I consume or what activity I partake in may not be endorsed by Body and Motion. However, the team will always be keen enablers of your fitness goals! Talk to us today.


 

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