I am an avid lover of yoga. It is my main source of exercise but I also walk three times a week and lift weights at least once a week. Over time one can experience stagnation in their routine. With anything in life if you do the same things you will get the same results. People need change to live more fully. We change our jobs, homes, clothes, hair, diet, but how often do you change your exercise routine. Most people do not know where to start.
If you are feeling a stagnation in your regime and looking for a way to mix things up, try some of the techniques I have outlined.
Tune Up Your Work Out
#1. I’m probably telling my age with this one but I grew up in an era and area where skates were the thing to do. You expend a lot of energy getting those wheels in motion.
You lift an extra 5-10 lbs with each movement. Skating helps you with balance, coordination, quick thinking and of course rhythm. You learn to trust your body and your instincts with each movement. Skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all your muscles.
#2. SUP Yoga is also known as Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. Anything that contains yoga automatically peaks my interest. It’s basically yoga on the water. Yoga in motion activates your core and strengthens the muscles. SUP Yoga requires balance, coordination and mental toughness.
The activity is not hard, the challenge of staying on the paddle-board heightens your sense of awareness and improves your concentration as you transition between the poses.
If you can breathe, you can do yoga. If you can stand on one foot, you can paddle. – Amelia Travis, Yoga Journal
M#3. With work, running a business, taking care of a parent or raising a family sometimes you just don’t have time to participate in a group fitness program. Virtual fitness groups are designed to meets you where you are. I joined a virtual fitness walking group about a month ago. It’s a great way to bond with other women on the go.
You simply call into a conference call, do a check in and then you listen in or participate in the topic of the day. You can share your challenges and insights while walking or running at your own pace in a location of your choice. The call only ends after everyone has made it safely back to their destination. It’s a great support system and it keeps you motivated throughout your health and well-being journey.
#4. Yoga in The Park is also a great way to shake things up. We get so used to living with tunnel vision that sometimes we forget that we are surrounded by natural beauty. In nature, everything is in perfect order, everything has its place and purpose in the world.
Yoga in The Park brings forth those memories and it expands our awareness of how we are connected to all things. Beyond the physical practice of yoga, being in nature reminds us that we too have a place and purpose in the world.
#5. I love a great themed event. Although in the past I have not been a fan of boot camps in general, I’m intrigued by creatively themed boot camps. I even more interested if the boot camp contains a topic of interest such as nutrition, vegan lifestyles or healthy cooking. I am not a vegan (yet) but I am fascinated with the lifestyle. I am also interested when I know I may walk away with some life-changing information.
Bootcamp’s are an effective way to lose weight, improve the cardiovascular system, increase lean muscle and improve balance and coordination. Bootcamps challenge every muscle and burn hundreds of calories in the process. Themed boot camps also break the stereotype of all work and no play. You get the best of both worlds, a workout the impacts the body and a theme that impacts to mind.
These five ideas will create a stir in your current workout routine. Who knows you might even find a new passion in the process.