I am sure you all know by now that physical activity is an incredibly powerful component of our overall well-being. We hear and see the depth of this connection every day, but while it seems simple, we tend to procrastinate or get into a set pattern and not use our bodies to their full potential.
Movement is linked to every function and process in the body and to a large degree, the movement of each specific aspect of the body is based on the philosophy of “use it, or lose it.” A person’s strength at any age is based on the load that a muscle can hold or endure – just like climbing several flights of stairs while holding bags of groceries.
But working out doesn’t have to be a drag. If we are consistent, make it more inviting and more rewarding, we will do it more often.
With that said, here are some fun tips that I’ve used to help me with a balance exercise protocol, as well as helping to increase the amount of exercise I do on a weekly basis.
- Challenge yourself: Try a HIIT or Tabata style class….these formats feature exercises that last for seconds with a 20 or 30 second set followed by a 10 second recovery.
- Have a Party: Venture in to a Zumba, Salsa, Street Jam and Dance Fitness class, all designed to sculpt your body and keep your heart pumping!
- Get Social: Find a friend, coworker or spouse that will work out with you and then go out for a light dinner to celebrate! Ask our membership team about a pass for your friends.
- ROW: Not experienced? Not a problem….everyone can benefit from this energizing and total body workout.
- Pump Up the Volume: Load up your iPod with jamming tunes and shuffle often to keep it interesting.
- Take it Out Doors: Walk, Jog, Cycle, Ski or Swim to increase flexibility and work on the neurological system.
- Change it Up: Adding variety to your workout keeps it exciting, motivating, and prevents your body from the dreaded plateau.
- Work with a Trainer: “Only thing worst than not exercising is doing it wrong”. Hire a personal trainer who can show you the right way and build fun into your routine.
- Release Stress: Connect with your body and spirit. Try a Yoga, Pilates or Tai-Chi class next time you are in the gym to improve stress levels and mood.
So go ahead, set your goals for the New Year, have fun, and make 2017 your year!