We all know that nothing lasts forever. Even what seem to be the best relationships, jobs, lunch orders, and clothing styles often run their course and are replaced by something better, trendier, or more fitting for our current life situation. The same goes for fitness. Just like we grow out of apartments, trends, and even some friendships, our bodies yearn for new ways to stay active and healthy.
For best results in our health, fitness levels, and physical appearance, it is crucial to switch up our exercise routines to ensure our bodies don’t become too accustomed to a workout to a point that it is no longer effective.
But finding the time, energy, strength, and money to workout is enough of a challenge! Trust me, I hear you! Which is why I’m sharing some inspiration and ideas for how you can easily and effectively switch up your fitness routine! You might be surprised how motivating trying something new can be! Besides, we all know fierce women aren’t afraid of change and a little challenge 😉
For the Soul Cycle Obsessed:
Try weight training. The weight portion of Soul Cycle is high rep and low weight. To give your body a new challenge, adventure to the weight area of the gym and try a few upper body exercises (like these) using a higher weight and doing fewer reps. Adding weight training to your routine will give you more muscle definition and increase your metabolism!
For the Yogi:
Try boxing. I know it may sound like a bit of a 180, but hear me out. Yoga is a way to center ourselves: a practice used to eliminate distractions, stress, and negative energy from our lives. I’ve been taking a boxing class for the past several months, and I have to say that not only is it fantastic physical exercise, but also great for my mental health as well. I use the class to take out all of my anger from the week. When the gloves are on and bag is in front of me, it’s goodbye to work stress and feelings of inferiority and hello to feeling confident and strong once again. A yoga lover can challenge their bodies and minds by trying this new form of exercise.
For the Runner:
Try a boutique fitness class. I know, I know. Why go from paying nothing and using the earth’s gym to paying upwards of $25 a class? The answer is two fold. First and foremost, for your health (deh). Second, your first class is often free 😉 There is a great benefit to challenging your runner’s lungs, legs, and cardiovascular endurance with a high-intensity interval training or strength and cardio combination class. These classes often group participants in pairs or teams, which ensures that you will be held accountable for your effort by others. Whenever I try a new class, I am forced to push myself harder and further because I know my team is counting on me. I prove to myself what my body is really capable of doing and then I’m able to take that knowledge to my future, solo workouts.
What new workouts are you trying lately? I’m always looking for something new to try!
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Photos by: Lauren Listor
Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.