Mondays are a tricky beast. Sometimes I greet them with open arms. Monday – I am so ready for you! I am going to dominate this week! However, there are those weekends where Monday comes along and I need to take a deep breathe. Alas, I am not ready to “ramp it up” and jump into the rat race. Regardless of how you welcome the fresh start of Mondays they arrive nonetheless. The positive and excited attitude is absolutely the better way to go. Sometimes it is just easier than others to embrace it.
As I get older, the more I see that attitude is everything. It carries over a lot into fitness too. Some workouts I really looking forward to doing. Other times, the weather is not great or I feel tired and blah. I go through the motions, but the enthusiasm is waning. Outside of my regular workouts I like to do things where I do not necessarily have an agenda. For all of us, tt is so important to get moving and find things we simply enjoy doing.
For example, I have recently added running a few times a week to my schedule. I do not track miles or pace and I do it because I like it. If the weather is nice, there is really nothing better than feeling the wind in your hair. Just because you work out or have a routine does not meant you cannot branch a bit. Sometimes I feel I see two approaches to exercise. Some people think every workout should be totally different and want to try every new craze available. Others are slogging away at the same routine they have been doing for years. I have been both people, and I think the beauty rests in the middle ground.
My weightlifting routines do not change that much on a regular basis. A lot of time it is working the same movement and getting stronger through an increase in weight or repetitions. That is the goal and I love the time dedicated towards that pursuit. However, I also really enjoy mixing in new things like running to keep things interesting and to move more. In a world where we sit for everything sometimes it is just nice to get out of the chair or off the couch.
Recently, I tried a new spinning class with Sweat Pink. It was challenging and fast paced. Sometimes group fitness can be awesome because you get the benefit of everyone’s enthusiasm. It pushes you a little harder. The studio was great, but a little far from our apartment and the individual classes were a little pricey. Not everything is going to be the perfect fit. However, it is important to sometimes get out and try these things just for fun.
When is the last time you changed up your workout routine or went to try a new class or hiked just for fun? I think it is really important to not be closed off when it comes to fitness. You never know when you could discover a new passion. Do not worry too much about how it will fit into the overall scheme. Go for it and know that everything has its place. Yoga is a huge compliment to my workouts. I am thrilled I discovered it a few years ago because I decided to give it a go one night at my local gym. It turned out to be just what I needed. I am not an all-star yogini by any means. However, I do not really worry if I need to modify a pose or do not possess the flexibility I would like.
Run, walk, or dance. It is all important. It all counts. Get moving and embrace the excitement of trying something new. Sometimes that is the key in bringing that winning attitude to the start of the week.
When is the last time you tried something new?
What is your favorite way to simply get moving?