When I first started my weight loss journey, I struggled with where to begin. I didn’t want to go to a group fitness class by myself and I didn’t know what to do on my own either. It really brought my journey to a halt.
Then I started working out with a friend and I couldn’t believe how much it affected my progress. My workouts became more consistent, my body changed and the weight started dropping off. Each week, we completed crazy workouts in the park. Burpees, sprints and agility were all words in my vocabulary now! And then BAM, we hit a plateau. It wasn’t until then that I realized I had been doing the same exercises and the same workouts for weeks. And what took me a few weeks to figure out, my body realized quickly and stoped making progress!
Branching out of your typical fitness routine is important to prevent boredom and to challenge your body. Many people are afraid to step out into a new group fitness class or to try a different type of workout. Here are some great ideas on how to get started and where to find classes that might trigger some interest.
1. Get a friend to go with you – I can’t emphasize this one enough. Without a friend, my journey never would have started. Friends hold you accountable for going and they push you to work and try harder in the classes. Find a friend and find success.
2. Ask your friends and talk about your goals – When you talk about your goals to other people, usually they will continually ask you about them and give you their own advice. You really wouldn’t believe what some people do outside of the relationship you have with them. I found out recently that my attorney runs Ironman competitions! All it takes is a few questions to get great ideas.
3. Sign up for a daily deal site – At least once a week I get an email with a discount for a local fitness facility selling their services discounted on sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Eversave. While you might not spend $200 for a monthly pass to power yoga, you might spend $25 to try it for a week right?
4. Sign up for a charity event – Has someone you loved suffered from cancer? Do you love and support animal rights? Nowadays there is a charity event for everything! One of the most popular fitness charity events are 5k run/walks. Find a cause that is close to your heart and go support it with fitness! And remember, just because you signed up for a 5k doesn’t mean you are required to run the whole 5k. Many people walk them and it is nothing to feel bad or ashamed of if you need to walk. These events are planned for all fitness levels.
5. Play with your kids – Does you daughter play volleyball? Does your son play golf? These are all great opportunities for your kids to teach you their skills. There is nothing they would love more than to give you a lesson on their expertise and finally turn the table on your knowledge.
Hopefully these tips will nudge you in the right direction to finally try something new. Once you do, I’d love to hear about it. Post your comments below if you recently tried or are planning on trying something new.