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Try a New Exercise Challenge

Toni-Ann DiSantis

5 Reasons To Try A New Exercise

Humans are creatures of habit. We find comfort in consistency, which isn’t completely terrible, but sometimes it gets us stuck in a rut. Making a consistent habit out of exercising is one of the best steps you can take towards creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself, but if you’re goals go beyond just “getting healthy” (like losing weight, gaining strength, or building speed) you’ll have to step outside of your comfort zone. That includes avoiding an extremely habitual exercise routine by incorporating a variety of activities that will continue to challenge your body.

If you’re just beginning your fitness journey, try every exercise available to you. Until you experience an activity or sport first-hand, there’s no way to tell whether or not you’ll love it. Don’t brush off yoga because you think it’s only for the super-flexible or disregard CrossFit because it seems overly intimidating. And if you’ve already made exercise a priority in your life well, more power to you! When it comes to exercise, though, having a habit is good, but repeating the same workouts too often isn’t.

1. Get Hooked  - Making a steady habit out of exercising means finding that one type of exercise you just can’t get enough of. If you’ve already got yours, great. However, if you’re diving into the world of exercise for the first time and finding it hard to stay motivated, experiencing every type of workout will help you find your favorite fitness activity.

2. Increase Intensity - If you’ve built a healthy exercise habit and work out at least four to five times per week but have yet to realize the results you’re looking for, chances are you may need to increase the intensity of your workouts. Compared to moderate-level exercise (like walking on the treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike) high intensity workouts increase your heart rate to a much higher level, which in turn allows you to burn more calories.

3. Add Excitement - Think about how boring it would be to watch the same episode of a TV show every day for an entire week. Well, the same idea applies to exercise. Get motivated by signing up for fun workouts like Zumba, Spinning or a Body Bootcamp . Taking a break from your regular routine will help refresh your body and mind and looking forward to a new type of exercise will reignite your excitement for fitness.

4. Avoid Injury - Repeating the same motions over and over again (think swimming, running, and weight-lifting exercises) often leads to overuse injuries. In order to truly challenge your body and also keep everything in balance, it’s important to move your joints and muscles through multiple planes.

5. Learn Something New - So what? You joined a CrossFit gym for a month and hated it. But you also learned a bunch of new exercises that you can incorporate into your own routine in a more enjoyable way. Trying a new exercise doesn’t mean you have to commit to it forever. The point is to experiment, explore and most importantly, have fun.