Celebrate Your Fitness
When many people hear the word “fitness,” images of jumping jacks and running on a treadmill may pop up. However, there are countless ways to express fitness and to move, which invigorates your mind, body and soul.
Some of my favorite workouts have been unstructured, unplanned, sessions in environments that I have never been in before. For example while traveling through Asia, I frequently engaged in fun workouts everywhere, doing pull-ups from roof tops, trekking through Nepal and doing push-ups with long-tailed training partners.-Just don’t ask me about the the time I strapped up a TRX in an egotistical baboon’s turf.
In case you want to see my long-tailed, motivating training partner:
These are the moments I cherish. When I think about going somewhere, one of my first thoughts is, “Wow, I can’t wait to see what kind of cool workouts I can do there.”
The word “boring” should not even exist in your fitness vocabulary.
Simply make an effort to do something new that you have never done before or in a different way at least every 2-4 weeks. It will add motivation to your current routine and get you out of your head.
Within your own workouts, you can spice it up by doing new movements, using different equipment, higher reps, more weight, or in a completely different environment. Hey, why not take the workout outside in the woods, canyon, or beach?
Another great way to break the monotony is to train with someone else, or get with a personal trainer for a couple sessions. You’ll learn new things about fitness and yourself.
On another note, you can add “adventure workouts” to your menu.
Here are some ideas to get you started. Please make sure that your body is strong and healthy enough to do any of the new activities you choose. You may want to start at the beginner level for your first time. “There is no shame in hitting the bunny hill a couple times before you jump on the real slope.”
Skiing, Snow Boarding, Ice Skating, Snow Shoeing
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayacking, White Water Rafting, Surfing
Hiking, Paintballing, Obstacle Course Racing, Trail Running. Climbing
Martial Arts, Dancing
The bottom line is that Fitness is a privilege and our bodies are meant to move. So celebrate by challenging yourself, engaging in new activies, and having fun with your body.