Taking more time for yourself and your body is a very common New Year’s resolution. Your next holiday might be a powerful motivating force: For instance thanks to the “FitLife Week” offered by TUI Magic Life. Here, holidaymakers can work up a sweat, not just due to the bright sunshine but also due to activities to promote their well-being. The fitness training no longer focuses on physical training alone. Mental training is also playing an increasingly important role. Johanna Fellner, one of Germany’s leading fitness and health experts and “FitLife Week“ coach, comments on this trend:
The FitLife Week does not only include classes for TUI Magic Life guests, but also provides information on the relevant scientific background. What is the reason for this approach?
For each exercise and form of training, I explain what the effect will be. Interval training, for instance, is the most intensive way to burn calories. I explain in greater detail why that is the case. This increases people’s motivation to make an effort.
Apart from creating a better understanding, I aim to activate people’s individual, intrinsic motivation. I also consider it important to ensure that the participants will execute the exercises with correct posture and form, and I instruct and assist them accordingly. At the end of the week, their movements will have become automated. When the participants then continue their workout routine at home without me, they will know exactly how to do the exercises or will catch themselves slipping into old habits.
This will work both for physical but also mental exercises. Certain unfavourable behavioural patterns or conditions such as stress primarily take place unconsciously and are difficult to break on your own. The FitLife Week offers us time and space for mindfulness. Interested guests can take part in a momentum coaching session to be inspired, learn strategies and get motivated.
Are you observing an increase in demand for mindfulness training?
Yes, definitely. The guests appreciate the balance between stress and relaxation, calmer and more intense sessions. Feeling your body, being present in the moment, and deliberately relaxing. The focus is increasingly on taking time for yourself. Some 8 to 10 years ago, the focus was more on people’s body, weight loss, body defining… Today, the training focuses more on your own well-being.