A new year, a new you…at least that’s what the common mindset is for many people after the New Year. And there’s nothing subtle about it. A little over halfway through January, the influx of people at your gym is obvious: the treadmills have a waiting line, the weights you want to use are misplaced or being held captive, and you can’t find an empty locker in the locker room. Give it about a few more weeks. The enthusiasm of becoming an Abercrombie model wanes after results aren’t immediately apparent, and excuses start being made to not go to the gym.
For those of you starting off and are dead-set on a healthy lifestyle, I commend you. Sometimes just getting in your car and driving to the gym is the hardest part until you make it part of your routine. One of the best ways to keep the spark in your relationship with the gym is to mix things up; try something you never thought you would. Often, if you do the same thing at the gym (or in life) over and over again, it gets boring, you get used to it, and attempting it is about as appealing as stubbing your toe…on purpose.
Despite your athletic ability, fitness level, or in my case, coordination level, gyms often offer many different types of classes, including zumba, boxing, spin, water aerobics, cross fit, yoga, weight lifting & cardio, hip hop, pilates, and abs. I’ve even seen hula hoop classes! I’ll be the first to admit, trying something in front of a bunch of other people that you’ve never attempted before can be daunting. But, you might not be the only one. Classes are also a great way to meet new people and gain a workout buddy as well.
I have personally tried, and failed, many of these classes and more. The important part, though, is that I tried them. Along the way, I have discovered the types of classes that fit my workout personality best and am currently a boxing addict. I had never done it in my life until about eight months ago at the encouragement of a friend. Now I rarely miss a class and have been able to assist people who are newer to it as well. I have become stronger, faster and more toned, especially in my upper body. Also, I have recently discovered cross fit and it’s becoming a fast favorite. My goal for the New Year is to add yoga, which has definitely been avoided in the past, but I’m willing to give it another try.
Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s a class, a treadmill workout, or a weight routine, do it safely and at your own pace. Don’t be afraid to push yourself, though, and try new things. Add that to a good diet, and you’re well on your way to a new lifestyle. Take it one day at a time and don’t give up on yourself. And just keep in mind: you’re one step ahead of everyone else who stayed home that day.