We tend to get ourselves in a box when it comes to staying fit. Now don’t get me wrong I strongly believe in routines and habits, they are what consistently drive us to stick with our goals (you can find more about building healthy habits in our starters guide to getting fit.) But there are times when we need to shake ourselves up a bit and do something that stretches us and pulls us. After all, just like our muscles don’t grow unless they are stretched, our minds are the same way, we have to expand how we view fitness sometimes.
There are so many ways to stay fit, and all of us may choose some activities over others, that’s what makes us unique. I love weight lifting and that will always be my primary go to. Running stretches me and reminds me of how much I hate it, which is why I do it. But there are other things I love. So here are some different things you can do to reset and refresh the body and mind when it comes to working out.
Hiking, this is a great workout. I’ve done several hiking trips with my wife and every time we go we say we are going to do it more.
Swimming can be an amazing cardiovascular workout and eliminates stress on the joints.
Kayaking is a great upper body workout.
Rock climbing is a great full body workout that also challenges the mind.
Cycling is a different approach to both leg and cardiovascular workouts.
Boxing is a great full body workout.
So while you should have your routine workout, get outside the box and do something different every now and then. Stretch yourself and go beyond the comfortable workout routine. We are also talking more about this in this week’s podcast.