A new year is a clean slate. A time where you wash away the mistakes and bad habits of the year before a vow to start fresh. To become the person you want to be!
If you made a resolution to exercise more in 2018, congratulations! This is an awesome resolution and very rewarding! We all know exercise is good for us, but it does bear repeating! Not only does exercise help regulate your body weight and strengthen your muscles, exercising regularly can:
- Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
- Decrease your chances of developing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
- Reduce your risk of developing some types of cancer
- Can significantly improve your mood and overall mental health
- Can help you live a longer, healthier life
Despite knowing how beneficial your exercise routine is, as the days creep into weeks and the weeks give way to months, the shiny bright image you had envisioned of the “future” you suddenly isn’t quite so shiny. You’ve become bored with your new routine and it has come to feel more of a chore than a noble journey. This is what is known as “burnout”.
Burnout can happen to even the most disciplined and devoted athlete. But there are ways you can avoid it! One of the best ways to avoid burnout is by varying your routine. Mix things up and try new things! Not only will this help you avoid burnout it will also keep your body from adjusting to one type of exercise and plateauing. Here are some exercises to try in 2018 to keep your routine fun and exciting!
Yoga is extremely popular for a reason! It works! It’s also a great exercise for those starting an exercise routine. With is popularity you are sure to find a class near you fairly easily!
Yoga consists of breathing techniques and a series of challenging poses designed to increase muscle strength, stamina, and flexibility. If you can’t perform some of the poses there are many different variations of each pose and your instructor will show you what to do instead.
If you’re ready to torch some calories, consider signing up for a spinning class! Spin classes are also known as indoor cycling classes and they are a form of high-intensity group workouts. Working out in a group is great for accountability and can be extremely motivating!
Not ready to go all-out just yet? Try out the recumbent bike at your local gym! The recumbent bike still delivers a great workout, but doesn’t leave you hunched over the handlebars. It is much easier on your lower back and joints! If you would like to work out at home more than at a gym a stationary bike is ideal for home workouts!
Confused with all the different kinds of stationary bikes? For great info on stationary bikes and honest, helpful reviews check out ProRecumbentBike! They have an awesome site that is constantly growing and adding more information. They welcome any questions you might have and would be glad to help you find your perfect exercise bike!
Martial Arts Classes
Learn self-defense while staying on track with your exercise routine! Martial arts classes are a lot of fun and a great workout too! There are many different styles of martial arts to choose from too. Some of the most common styles are:
Tae Kwon Do – A Korean martial art that consists of blocking and striking hand movements, kicks, and stances. Training may focus on defense techniques or on the fast-paced, Olympic-style sparring training. Finding a balance between the two is ideal.
Kung Fu – Modern kung fu can trace its history back to the Shaolin Temple in 527 A.D. when a monk by the name of Ta Mo began creating the 18 Buddhist Fists.
Tai Chi – A Chinese martial art that is known for its slow, fluid movements and breathing techniques. Tai Chi is very spiritual and embraces the yin/yang philosophy of two opposing, yet inseparable, forces.
Jiu-jitsu – Jiu-Jitsu can be traced back to Japanese jujutsu and is a grappling or wrestling style martial art. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed by the Gracie brothers in Brazil in 1925. Jiu-Jitsu teaches techniques that allow smaller individuals to defend themselves against a bigger and stronger attacker.
Karate – A Japanese martial art that consists of kicks, strikes and defensive blocking. Emphasis is placed on focusing all power on the impact of a blow.
Jeet Kune Do – Created by the infamous Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do focuses on attacking your opponent when he is attacking, or “intercepting”. Jeet Kune Do is also heavily spiritual and philosophical.
Krav Maga – Martial art of the Israeli Defense Force. A self-dense style that focuses on one thing; survival. Krav Maga uses quick, deliberate movements designed to incapacitate your opponent long enough for you to escape.
I hope this list has given you some ideas to make your exercise routine more fun! Stick with it, it is so worth it!