My favorite fitness enthusiast, Val, is back with another tip for you this month. She’s fresh off running 196 miles in the Huntington Beach to San Diego Ragnar Relay last weekend, and is all warmed up for the La Jolla half marathon this weekend. I guess you could say that fitness is on her mind!
Spring is in full swing (ok, I realize some of you still have snow and that SUCKS! I’m really, really sorry for you. Truly.) so its the perfect time to ditch the gym, get outside and get MOVING. Let’s see what Val has to say about spring fitness
Revitalize your Workouts.
Sticking to a familiar fitness routine is beneficial in developing healthy habits, but completing the same exact workout day after day and week after week will grow monotonous. Our bodies adapt to repetitive exercises and we reach a physical fitness plateau. You also run the risk of losing interest and slacking off to avoid boredom. Challenge yourself to try something new! By switching it up you will engage new muscle groups and force your body to work harder than normal. Plus you’ll offer relief to the parts of your body that beg for a rest. For a cheap change of pace, browse your local deal websites for a new fitness class– do it for your body and your mind!
Let me tell you people, even Val who LOVES to run (who loves running that much?!) has begun branching out in recent years. She finds Groupons for Pilates classes and stuff like that. Plus, she works out to videos with her sister Jen one day a week which just goes to show you that Val is not all talk if you remember last month’s fitness tip.
For me, my workouts rotate between walking with Olive, running, and Insanity DVD’s. Insanity is the first video workout series that I’ve ever really liked and stuck with for more than 6 months. I love the variety, and I always feel like I’m getting a total body workout without becoming bored.
I’d love if everyone would share their favorite workout in the comments section. That way, we can all get new workout inspiration from first hand information. Sometimes it can be intimidating shooting in the dark at stuff like this, so please share specifics!