Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Finding the time to keep yourself fit

Keeping fit in a gym.
Keeping fit in a gym.

I’ve worked in the health fitness industry for a very long time, over 13 years in fact. I’ve seen fads and fashions come and go.

I saw leotards (especially thong backed ones) peak and be the height of fashion and I saw them quickly become very uncool.

I’ve tried every new group fitness class that has entered the market, some of which have stayed and some have become a distant memory.

But despite all of this change, there is one thing that is certain, there has never been more choice or opportunity in the world of fitness than there is right now.

We now have the option to workout 24 hours a day at a local gym, or if we struggle to get to the gym or if it just isn’t our cup of tea, we can workout at home using one of a range of apps, websites or even YouTube videos.

We can try so many different forms of exercise and there really is something for everyone, whether you want to jump and dance around to fast music or stretch and chill to the mating call of the hump backed whale … and everything in between!

We no longer have to wait for the gym to open or a class to start at a certain time.

We don’t have to exercise after work, as was always the case in the ’80s and ’90s, now we can train before work, at home, on our own, at the gym, in a group or with a trainer … the choice is endless!

There is a world of information on nutrition, diet and how to be healthy, and it’s quite literally in our hands, as we have the ability to use the internet anywhere in the world at anytime of day or night by using our smartphones.

So in a world where all things health and fitness have never been easier to access, why is it that I have never heard so many excuses as to why people can’t do it as I have in recent years?

Now I’m certainly not saying that everyone is making excuses. In fact there are tons of people making an effort, working out, eating well and just cracking on with it. But there is an increasing minority of people who choose the word ‘can’t’ over ‘can’.

Yes, we are all busier than we’ve ever been. We all have work and family commitments, but health must feature as a priority.

I’m sure that everyone can find 20 to 30 minutes every day to exercise. Yes, that might mean getting out of bed half an hour earlier, or skipping Coronation Street to exercise in an evening (goodness, if the TV is so important, have it on while you’re exercising).

My point is that being healthy and fitter is achievable for everyone when you stop making excuses and instead just get on with it and make it part of your daily life.

Be a good role model for your family, friends, kids … whoever it may be, but most of all do it for yourself.

We have so much opportunity in Sunderland, with lots of great trainers, facilities and clubs, so it’s time to stop making excuses and start turning those excuses into effort!