Getting off to a fresh start with an exercise activity that you may have never tried is a great way have fun and be excited about getting back into the game.
Here are four fitness activities that can make exercise more about fun than being an obligation.
1. Spinning Class - If you already do cardio, there’s a good chance that it can be a bit of bore. Maybe you use the treadmill and stare at the back of someone else’s head for a half hour. If you’re going to get your cardio in a gym, why not kick things up a notch and try a spinning class?
This popular group fitness class consists of some upbeat music, and an instructor pushing you to your limits. Of course, you can go at your own pace if you are out of shape or just getting started. Spinning is a great way to get an intense workout with a friend or maybe even as a way to meet new people.
2. Hiking - With the weather improving by the day, getting outdoors and exploring Mother Nature is a great way to exercise and enjoy your surroundings at the same time. Do a little online research to find out where the best hiking paths are in your area. This way, you can study the terrain and the length to make sure you are prepared and choose the right hike for your skill level.
3. Yoga - I have a friend who I will keep nameless who took a bit of a macho attitude about yoga. I don’t recall his exact sentiments, but I think he basically dismissed it as hippy dippy nonsense without really having a clue about it. Then he tried it and realized that not only was it not what he was thinking, it actually kicked his butt!
I am certainly no expert on yoga. In fact, it’s been about 10 years since I took my one and only yoga class. But I do know that it is much more than posturing and flexibility – you will find yourself developing strength in ways not addressed in traditional fitness regimens.
4. CrossFit - There’s a CrossFit location located about, oh, 300 feet from my front door. This is probably going to be my choice for changing things up this spring and making exercise fun.
I’m still learning the ropes, but from what I know about CrossFit, you are usually in a class atmosphere where a different routine is performed each day you attend. If you are the least bit competitive, this could be the choice for you. That’s because CrossFit is about doing a series of exercises and timing yourself in the process. If you are supposed to do 10 pull ups, you do as many as you can, rest, and continue until you complete the set then move on. You time each day’s workout and try to beat your time as your fitness improves. In essence, you are competing with yourself to get fit while being supported by your classmates.
Are you going to try something new this year? What new way to get fit are you going to adopt?
April 8th, 2011