Spice up your exercise plan…or start a new one!

I would love to be walking down this path! Thanks to Ali. Click on the photo to visit her blog.

Last week, I asked you: “when was the last time you did something for the first time?” Now, I’m wondering: when was the last time you spiced up your exercise program with something new? It could be a new class at your gym, a new exercise DVD for home workouts, or just a new routine of some sort.

Of course, in asking this question, I’m assuming you’re already participating in some type of exercise program. If you’re not, is that something you might be interested in starting? How can you work an exercise plan into your schedule? What times of the day or days of the week are better for you to work out? Would it help if you had an exercise buddy to keep you accountable on your exercise plan?

So if you’re just getting started with a new exercise plan, it’s all new to you. Think about whether you’d prefer to work out from home or at a gym, walk or run in your local park, or take exercise or dance classes. There are a variety of options, and everyone has different preferences.

I’ve learned that I can very rarely stick to an exercise programme when I intend to work out from home, combining DVDs with running or walking. I just can’t stick to my plan. If I sign up for a gym, however, I’m usually there 5-6 days a week, unless I’m not feeling well. It’s not even difficult for me to get out of the house and walk there.

So if you’ve already got an exercise programme up and running, when was the last time you spiced it up with something new?

If you go to a gym, it probably offers a variety of classes, such as: spinning, pilates, pool workouts, yoga, Zumba, or other classes. Take a moment and consider your current workout: what areas are fully covered, and which do you need to improve on? And which areas would you like to update?

If you’re great getting in cardio and strength sessions, and feel you can use some help with stretching out after, try a yoga or general stretching class. My gym offers a class called Body Balance, which is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi that gives a bit of a workout combined with lots of relaxation and stretching. If you’re tired of the treadmill or the elliptical/cross trainer, check out what cardio classes are available, including Zumba, which is a great cardio dance/fitness class. If you need some help with strength workouts, try something new like kettle bells (I have yet to try this one out) or a new abs class.

All of these suggestions can be applied to those who prefer to work out at home. If you work out using DVDs, you might want to try something first, before purchasing a new one. Check out YouTube for an endless supply of workout videos. If you prefer to walk or run, try a yoga video to stretch out afterwards or pilates to get some strength work in.

If you’re used to exercising indoors, at home or at a gym, try taking your routine outside if the weather is nice. If you have a local park you can head to, give it a try. Or take a long, brisk walk on a weekend morning.

What is your current exercise plan like? Do you ever try new things or re-evaluate your current plan? What changes can you make to what you’re already doing, or what changes would you like to make?

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9 Responses to Spice up your exercise plan…or start a new one!

  1. expressbywords March 4, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    I totally agree that different health regimes fit different people and hence we all should understand what suits our need and at least, incorporate some way of working out so as to stay fit and fine. For me, it’s mild exercises and yoga that works. But it is difficult to continue with the regime regularly, so I try to follow the same at least during working days and relax on weekends/holidays (it should be the other way round actually, but that’s how it is)

    • Holly March 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

      Good point! Different people definitely have different exercise needs. I have been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed some of the classes at my gym. When I signed up, at least two people asked me if I had taken many of the classes at my previous gyms, and I said no, I wasn’t into that. And then I felt like trying new things, so I gave several classes a try and loved them. I realised how important it is to try new things every once in a while!

      I try to work out during the week as well, and take my day off on Saturday or Sunday when possible, to avoid the days when there are more people at the gym. Plus, I try to go during the day and avoid the evening crowds.

  2. purplume March 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    One of my health practitioners has been suggesting I come to her yoga class. Yoga is something I’ve done my whole life. In my twenties there was a tv show called Lillas Yoga and you. (sp?) I used to do it along with her. Later I used videos. I like when I get to know the moves and can do them in my own timing instead of the slowness of the video. I’ve been thinking I guess it is time to take a class and get some in person corrections to my form. Your post is a good reminder to put in a change.

    • Holly March 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

      I used to do yoga on a regular basis. Then every other day or so. And now it’s been a long, long time. I did one class at my gym about a month or so ago, and have been wanting to go back, but it’s on a Saturday and I’ve always got some class or seminar or something on weekends. I need to find an alternate class during the week.

      It is good to get in person corrections. Plus, in the gym there’s a huge mirror in the room, and that helps, too.

      Let me know how your yoga goes!


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