My clients often hear me suggest "Let's mix up your workout routine!" Changing an existing fitness routine is a great way to stave off boredom and aid in motivation as you progress toward your healthy goals. It can also prevent fitness plateaus which can be barriers to your fitness success.
Sometimes clients are hesitant to change their routine. Some dislike the idea of being a 'newbie' at a class, others are worried they will be incapable of performing the exercises of the new workout. Some like the comfort of knowing what to expect and anticipating how they will be able to perform throughout the session. And what about those who have already achieved their fitness goals and want to maintain their current fitness level - should they stay with the status quo? Studies suggest not. Our brains/bodies are incredible machines that adapt to the training variables practiced. As we become more fit, our bodies work LESS to perform the same workouts. Changing our fitness routine challenges our bodies and allows us to achieve/maintain results.
As a marathoner, I have logged thousands of miles training for races. Instead of heading out for a run today, I walked my Trainer-Talk & attended my first indoor cycling class since my last triathlon - somewhere around 2006! I have to admit I was a little intimidated by all the cardio-loving riders as I entered the room for the first time. Guess what? It was one of the most fun, challenging, AWESOME workouts this gal has seen in a long while. Just goes to show, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
Review your workout routine & the results you're seeing (or not!). Is it time for a change? Grab a friend and head out for a new class at your local gym (everything's more fun with a friend). Make a bucket list of activities you'd like to try (hiking a favorite trail, weekend backpacking with the family, signing up for your first 5k, rollerblading with friends?) - then get out there and make it happen! You might just find another healthy activity you love.