If your Lockdown Fitness Program has been anything like mine, it will have started on a high note with daily Joe Wicks sessions, progressed to a brief review of a Zoom Pilates session, and will currently be in the stage of. walking to the refrigerator and back.
According to The Truth About Home Fitness (TBEN Two) a million of us downloaded the NHS Couch to 5k app this year, although there are no statistics on how many of us still crawl around the park.
But there was good news in the program. A sympathetic man from the University of Glasgow announced that just six minutes of high-intensity exercise a week – that’s right, a week – can lead to substantial health gains. It’s one minute each for your back, legs, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. That’s a catchy statement.
Is it really that easy to get in shape? The problem with this show, and so many others of its ilk, is that it had the little feel of a magazine program. No sooner had we understood one thing, then presenter Mehreen Baig rushed to another expert in another part of the country to discuss another topic.
Smart watch technology? Good. Protein supplements? Full of sugar. Compression leggings? I had stopped concentrating by the time she got to the compression leggings. Some of this was useful from a consumer perspective – preventing us from wasting money on products that wouldn’t do us any good – but some wasn’t.
Baig tried some new software running that can tell you what’s wrong with your technique, but also had a real human tell him what was wrong with his technique, then we learned that the software had not yet been transformed into an application. so you or I couldn’t use it anyway.
And for a presenter of a health program, she either played stupid or really didn’t think much about things: Wasn’t it obvious that her daily celery, kale and lemon smoothie was not full? of energy? Again, do we really need an expert study to tell us that people wearing gadgets telling them how and when to train were exercising more than others, or that crop tops don’t also support? although more structured sports bras?
Plus, despite all the scientific innovation here, has fitness evolved so much? I was interested to know what Baig’s “booty training” was, after she described it as a craze among young women. But from the brief introduction we received, it appeared that Jane Fonda was teaching us something similar 40 years ago.