Monday, January 30, 2012

Opening to new possibilities

We've all had a moment when we realize how stuck in a rut we've gotten, right? It is our tendancy as humans to find routine pleasant and treat it like a security blanket. This applies to workouts, too.

I know you are now sitting there saying; "wait, you're always saying to find something you like and sticking with it."

Good point.

To get into a regular routine of working out, to get yourself started on the route to fitness you need to find something you can stick with long-term. However, your body will get stuck in a rut just as much as your mind tends to. Before you start to lose interest and notice that you've hit a plateau - change it up!

This may not be as much of an issue for some of you, but others - like me - tend to repeat the same workout (video, written out, gym) over and over again until our body can move through it without thinking. NOT a good habit for improving your fitness. So, here are some suggestions for changing it up:

For the Runner:

*add some weights
*go on a mountain run (or make it a brisk mountain hike)
*Snow hike
*Take a yoga class
*Try or workouts from online websites like or
*try out the weight room or resistance bands.

For the weightlifter:

*go on a run
*take a long walk (any terrain)
*jump rope
*grab your bicycle and hit the hills
*take in a ZUMBA class
*go to a yoga class

For the Yogi:

*hit the trails - walk, run, jog, unicycle (ok, just joking), bicycle
*hit the gym - try out something new like an elliptical, treadmill, or rowing machine
*try a class - spin class, zumba, aerobics, dance trance, etc
*check out a workout video
*try some bodyweight (alla

For everyone:

*go for a swim
*go for a hike
*try a new class (at the gym, community center, yoga studio)
*go for a fast walk
*try a new workout from a website.
*hit the skating rink (ice or roller)
*join a sports team
*check out something you've always wanted to do - Gymnastics, trapeze, dance classes,
*grab your bike and hit the hills (or the flats)

Some questions for the day:

What is your favorite workout?
What is your favorite way to change up your workout?

and here is a non-religion specific prayer to send you on your way today:

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