I don’t know about you guys, but my life always feels like its on the go. I mean really on the go. I’m here, I’m there. East Coast one week, West Coast another. And when I travel (or even when I’m just busy at my desk at home), my fitness routine seems to suffer.
Here we are, entering into swim suit season and my body just feels YUCK. Some days its nearly impossible to get that workout in. Or even a good meal on my plate.
So, I have to tell you, I’m ecstatic that the weather has FINALLY changed to Spring and Summer is rounding the corner! Aren’t you? It really seemed like winter was never going to end! Especially here in CO. We actually got snow on Mother’s Day!
If you’re like me, the longer it went, the harder it got to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. Some mornings, it was so cold in Colorado, I really had to force myself to get out of bed and get going, let alone talk myself into a workout. And just heading to my workout really felt like a workout!
I was getting really bored with all the indoor activities, craving warm breezes and sunshine. And in that boredom, I felt like my body was getting a little too used to the routine, to the point that it probably wasn’t getting the same benefit it did earlier in the season. And when I was traveling, I often didn’t have the time to get to a workout and surely didn’t feel like throwing my running shows on in the cold, nasty weather.
Well, my friends, it’s now time for us to shed our workouts along with our Winter coats and change things up!
As a yoga instructor, it is my job to tell you that yoga is the best exercise there is, but even the greatest exercise ever needs a change up from time to time.
Get your butt outside!
Pump up the tires on your bike and go for a ride, take a brisk walk or go for a hike.
If your yard looks anything like mine after all those snow and ice storms that brought down branches and weighed down the shrubs, a day’s worth of yard work would get your body moving again.
Maybe you were so turned off by all the snow and frigid temps, you opted to hibernate through the winter, doing very little exercise at all, except for occasionally cleaning your house, and you’ve been so sedentary, none of it sounds very appealing – definitely too strenuous.
So, how about find something new and fun to do! How about a Zumba class – dance your body back into doing a regular workout. Maybe you’ve already got a vacation planned for the summer and you want a little tone in your biceps and abs in time for bathing suit weather (it’ll be here before you know it!) – pick up some weights and do some strength training.
I’ll tell you something. I’ve always been an athlete. And one that just likes to move in a straight line. Swim, bike, run. I’m totally uncoordinated. But after years of these three sports, I suddenly felt that I could not exercise one more day. I’m serious. I went from uber-athlete that trained every day to can’t-get-off-my-couch-cause-I’m-so-friggin’-board-with-my-workout. It was crazy. So you know what I had to do? Something NEW!
I tried Cross-fit. Not my thing at first. I had no muscle strength at all. Only legs that knew how to run or bike. But I got really into it and started seeing results immediately. Plus, it was really cool to meet new people in a brand new environment.
I also tried cardio-step and cardio-sculpt. These were classes I had actually poo-pooed in the past as kind of a joke. Not a joke at all. They are hard! And it was embarrassing! Like I said, I am super-coordinated. But I made it a goal to get that choreography down and it’s become a mind game for me. I’m still working at it and it’s keeping me engaged in both my body and my brain. My feet are finally starting to catch up. After only six months. LOL.
The point is, you don’t even have to create a routine right now. It’s Spring time – enjoy the change of season, take the time to make some changes for YOU.
Let go of the hard fast rules of your usual work out routine and try on something NEW. @hayleyhobson (Click to Tweet!)
It is a good idea to change up your workout routine from time to time anyway. You want to work different muscles, different parts of your body. But you also want to keep your interest in working out. Keep it fresh and you just might find new energy for your workout, your health, and life in general.
I have just given you some great tips on how to get motivated again with your workouts. How to mix it up. How and why to try something new. What do you think? Please leave your comments below.
Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, business coach, yogi, Pilates instructor, and holistic nutritional expert based in Boulder, CO. Her unique and intelligent style promotes strengthening while softening—empowering her clients to heal not only their physical bodies but their hearts and minds as well. To learn more about her nutritional courses, events, and custom programs, visit hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.