Jackie Wright – Keeping fitness fun
March 4, 2010
It goes without saying that being fit requires time, commitment and hard work. But, fitness can be fun too, and this week we are going to highlight several fun ways to get fit and stay fit. As always, please consult your physician prior to beginning any exercise program.
Fun Fitness Plans
The partner plan- Have you been working out alone forever? Then, try working out with a partner. It can be so much more enjoyable, motivating, and can lead to better adherence.
The club plan- Join a cycling club or get a group of your friends together and hire a trainer to teach you a fun, exciting and results-oriented class format that you would all enjoy. You will walk out of your workout with sweat on your brow and a smile on your face.
The break out of your routine plan – Try a new class format. We offer a weight training circuit every Friday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and the class is packed because just about anyone can do it.
If that does not float your boat plan- Try a Latin Blaze dance class, boot camp class, indoor group cycling class, kickboxing circuit, aqua aerobics or rowing class format. Just keep trying different formats until you find the right combination of instruction, provided by a teacher with a sense of humor, fun class dynamic and fitness results. The perfect blend is out there for you, so keep searching.
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If classes aren’t your bag – Then try an outdoor activity you have not attempted such as snowshoeing, alpine/Nordic skiing or ice skating in the winter months. Or, cycling, swimming, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball or sailing in the summer months. You might surprise yourself and find an activity that is fun, and supplements your regular exercise regimen.
The play plan – Yes, I said play! Use a wide variety of fitness tools (i.e. toys) to create that sense of play and you will have fun. Agility ladders, hula hoops, balls of every shape and size, jump ropes, steps, and BOSU balance trainers to name a few of the seemingly endless variety of toys to play with, have fun and get results.
The in-class or training session partner work plan – It may not work in every class format or training situation, but choosing exercises that enable us to work as partners is a great way to have fun and stay motivated while getting fit. For example, try passing the medicine ball while linking ankles, performing roll-ups. This is a great abs/core exercise and an effective method of bonding with some of your fellow exercisers. Bonding creates that team-building atmosphere and almost always leads to fun.
Our bodies and minds were designed to move, laugh, to smile and have fun. So get moving and experience fun fitness today!
Next week, we will feature three upper body exercises to learn and master for every body and every activity.
– Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com