How do you convince the lazy mass of humankind that workout can be amusing? It’s the million-dollar query. And the solution is . . . Now not by way of lecturing them approximately fitness dangers and making them feel like Fattypuff losers. I suppose we all realize that. Not by way of forcing them into a gym, either. There are few things more dismal than a go to to the gym. I suppose all of us recognize that, too.
Every now after which, every other PR-minded fitness maestro comes up with a brand new ‘fun’ strategy to the age-antique problem. Spinning! Aqua Zumba! Pole Dancing! Sober Morning Raving! Doga (yoga with a dog)! But not anything ever catches on. Or now not so that it lasts.
Regular exercising, for maximum adults, remains just one extra chore to feel awful about now not doing, close at the back of cleaning the oven.
Masses may additionally sign up to a gym or to Aerial Hoop Flying Fantastic training (don’t ask), but they quickly go back to the sofa to squabble over what to look at on Netflix.
Enter Wildfitness. It is the brainchild of magnificently wholesome Tara Wood, who spent her formative years in Kenya and her early adulthood at Oxford University reading biology. Now in her 40s, she lives with her son Leo, in South Africa.
She desired to offer a brand new method to non-public fitness that turned into much less about feverish self-improvement and more about the satisfaction of motion. Or even the delight of being alive.
By doing matters because they experience natural and because we were built to do them — walking, leaping off logs and climbing bushes — Tara’s Wildfitness technique can, so she says, ‘loose us from our zoo mentality and assist us to locate our wild attitude’.
Sound like claptrap? Maybe so. But stay with me, because it’s notable. The idea is to introduce humans to the kind of sturdy, handy health a wild animal takes part in: now not virtually physical health, however fitness of being.
And no longer as it means they’ll squeeze into their jeans extra easily by using the give up of the week (even though they possibly will), but due to the fact, the experience can be glad and releasing.
A wild animal, Tara explains, has ‘heightened alertness to surroundings and a sense of motive that is pretty dulled in zoo animals’.
Zoo animals, remoted from their herbal surroundings, ‘go through mentally, bodily and spiritually as a result’, she claims, including: ‘This is a powerful metaphor for people. Isolate us from nature and we go through.’
Modern lifestyles are spent indoors, eliminated from nature, yet the evidence stacks up against that humans thrive higher when they spend time closer to nature.
Wildfitness tries to reintroduce people to their ‘animal’ or ‘historical’ selves, simply through inspiring us to eat extra certainly, move extra freely and spend greater time outdoor.
‘Get humans to consume clean meals and be physically active out of doors and, inside days, an exceptional blossoming and awakening occurs,’ says Tara.
After weeks on her publications, living in Concord with nature, Tara says that she has witnessed guests’ skin disorders, melancholy, and even diabetes fade away.
Which sounds marvelous. But, in practice, what does ‘rewilding’ entail? I spent a morning on a taster Wildfitness ‘experiential retreat’.
The retreats usually last a complete week or more on the Spanish island of Menorca. Mine, however, befell over a morning inside the slightly much less glamorous, but infinitely extra handy, Reigate Priory Park in Surrey. While the longer retreats additionally attention on food, putting out with nature and fashionable rest, my morning consultation focused exclusively on the motion.
I’ll start on a poor notice due to the fact that’s how, I’ll admit, I started the day — very well skeptical. We had been a collection of 7 or so. The others have been mostly in their early 40s, frequently experts. We had the added pride of a hipster yoga instructor who, together with his long ponytail and Good Vibes T-blouse, gave the look of he’d come directly from Central Casting.
Our 3-hour session started out with an interminable heat-up, which worried, for numerous long moments, status barefoot in a circle, slowly rotating our ankles.
Aye, aye, here we go, I thought. This is pretty fatuous. Yet one more try to reinvent the wheel. Nobody’s going to free their internal wildness by using wiggling an ankle on a Saturday morning in a park within the middle of Surrey.