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?