Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the same old exercise routine? Perhaps you’ve been taking the same exercise class for years, or walking the same route every day, or following the same strength training program.
Breaking out of your routine gives you three benefits:
1. You use muscles in different ways, which gives you increased strength, endurance, and flexibility.
2. You challenge your mind to learn a new routine.
3. You open yourself up to new experiences and meeting new people.
This past week I tried two new exercises, and I feel great! OK, a bit sore in some places (those pesky muscles that I’m using in different ways are letting me know about it) but overall I’m energized physically and mentally.
Two friends and I joined a master’s swim class. Not only did we get a great work-out, but we also met some friendly new people and had a ball in the pool. Then tonight I went to a beginner’s spin class, led by a very thorough and fit spin instructor who made sure each student got a fantastic workout. I met more new friendly people and I’m excited about getting out on my bike again next summer.
Here’s a challenge: what new fitness activity can you try this month? Keep your mind open to the possibilities as they appear. A ballroom dancing class? An outdoor hike you’ve never experienced? Tai chi, yoga, or Pilates? Try something new and let us know how it feels both physically and emotionally.