Your new favorite activity could be a workout away. I never knew I’d fall in love with yoga until I decided that changing workout routine goals to focus on core strength might be a good way to mix up my exercise schedule.
Nearly three years ago, I was looking for a new activity that would add variety to my week and give my muscles a challenge. So I started alternating pool time with mat time, and the difference was amazing! If you’re hitting a gym slump, a fitness class or program is a productive way to renew your health motivation. And getting started is easy.
Take a Class
Most gyms have options for members to take dynamic classes. You can try a lunch-break yoga session that fits seamlessly into your day. If you don’t already go to a gym, look for one with classes that works with your schedule. Sometimes I sneak in a 6:00 a.m. circuit training class before work or water aerobics in the evening. Many gyms offer classes from dawn until dusk to complement our busy lives.
Practicing yoga with an at-home DVD is great, but it can be helpful to get your first introduction at a class. Having a certified instructor by your side will ensure you use your breath to assist with the movements and keep you properly aligned to avoid injury. And for me, knowing I have a class full of friends to visit with each week keeps me focused!
Most gym classes are hosted on a drop-in basis, so you don’t have to commit to a specific time slot each week. Go when you can; you’ll pay the same monthly fee whether changing workout routine goals leads you to take one class (or five) next month!
Are you thinking of rekindling an old fitness passion like weight lifting or step aerobics? There are plenty of fitness routines on YouTube that are short and simple enough to tackle on your lunch hour using a PC, tablet, or smartphone.
Even something as easy as a fitness app that tracks your steps can motivate you to stick with a healthy new routine. Some apps can measure your workout and also give a little something to charity for each session completed. Each evening when my husband and I walk the dogs after dinner, we enjoy fresh air while a local dog rescue group gets a small donation.
Join a Challenge
There’s power in numbers. Team up with a friend or two for a thirty-day fitness plan, or get a group together to train for a 5K charity run. You can keep each other accountable by checking in through social media or group texts.
A friend of mine recently joined a fitness group with about twenty other young women who all motivate each other to eat healthily and fit movement into their daily routines. They gather on a Facebook group to talk through their challenges and share tips and insight. We spend time online and preparing meals already, so why not just give it all a healthy new focus?
Have you tried any new fitness classes or health challenges this spring? Tweet us a pic of your adventure @TomsOfMaine.
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