Time to add some spice into your workout
Changing things up and adding variety on a regular basis to your workout makes sticking to training so much more fun!
Every now and then I start to feel as if I’m not getting anywhere with my training - I can get into a rut and find myself doing the same routine of exercises over and over again. Once I begin to feel this way I know it is time to take action and make some changes to kick-start me all over again.
This month I have made June a time for us to reflect on our fitness and health goals and look at kick-starting 2015 all over again. It is never too late to make a change and each day is a fresh start to begin something new in your life.
This week I thought I would continue on this theme by looking at the importance of adding variety and change to our exercise programs and routines.
When you sit on an exercise program for a long period of time - it can limit your progression with attaining your fitness goal, as your body starts to adapt your results can often slow down.
When this happens motivation can start to wain and it can lead to disappointment. The momentum you once had starts to decrease day by day and you can find yourself very bored from doing the same thing over and over again and sometimes just stop.
I know for myself, changing things up and adding variety on a regular basis keeps me passionate about my exercise and makes sticking to my training so much more fun!
There are so many ways to make easy changes which will keep you keen and making headway with your goals.
. Change the type of exercise you are doing
. If you are doing weights get a whole new program – when it comes to resistance training, updating your program every 6 to 8 weeks will make an enormous different to your success
Increase your weight or alter your repetitions depending on your goals
Add in some high intensity training session to your workout days
Find yourself a training partner or gather together a group of friends
Look for a Boot camp – there are so many around and some gyms are offering indoor boot-camps to combat the colder days
Step outside enjoy the beautiful scenery that Toowoomba has to offer, go for a walk, run or organise a family activity in the park
Do some training that you haven’t done for a long time like swim training or get the bike out for a spin
Try a yoga or Pilates class which is what we looked at last week
Or join a team sport
As you can see there is so much you can do to change up your exercise to keep you focussed, motivated and having some fun!
I always say that in order for you to stick to something you have to enjoy it, but sometimes it takes time to find the right exercise that works for you – so don’t give up, keep trying and remember that variety really is the spice of life!
You don’t have to be great to start – but you do have to start to be great!
Each week I try to find new ways to keep you all motivated and interested in maintaining consistency in your health and fitness routine.
This year I have been exploring different avenues for you all to keep motivated with your 2016 fitness and life goals and as part of this is finding and providing new and exciting ways for you to exercise.
This week I would like to introduce you to a new class I am starting to teach through ‘Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being’, it is a class designed to combine all of the element of fitness, including cardio, strength, endurance, toning, core, agility, flexibility and balance.
It is a hybrid class combining two training methods - boxing for fitness and Pilates. I like to call it Box-a-lates.
These are two training methods that I used for a number of years and always obtain great result in my own training and with clients.
There have been recent indications to show that by combing both of these training styles together in the one class, it can create a balanced and well-rounded program that will give you the fitness results you are looking for.
It also may provide you with something new to kicks start or progress your fitness goals, plus it is super fun!
Benefits of Box-a-lates
Can assist with weight loss – if you are prepared to put in the effort, boxing it one form of training that will deliver results, it is a high intensity workout that can burn between 500 to 1000 calories.
Boxing can enhance health and fitness – because it incorporates a combination of cardio, resistance, and core; fitness improvements can be achieved rapidly.
Both boxing and Pilates assist in toning and reshaping the body through the use of body weight resistance exercises.
Another benefit of having toned muscles is that if you have a strong muscular shape around your skeletal frame than your posture will improve.
Improve bone density which can help prevent osteoporosis.
With the growing emphasis on the benefits of core strength, using a combination of boxing and Pilates is the perfect way to improve and build your core strength. The very movement of boxing is driven by the core and the foundations of Pilates is built around building core and postural strength through exercise.
One of the goals of Pilates is to improve both flexibility, postural mobility and balance – this is obtained over a gradual period of time through the consistence performance of Pilates stretches and balancing exercises.
I always feel one of the biggest benefits of box-a-lates is how it can help to release emotional and physical stress. We live in a world where we have constant stress in our lives, whether it is at home or in our work life. Both boxing and Pilates utilize exercise that are conducive to the release of happy endorphins.
As you can see – there are many reason to give box-a-lates a go as the benefits are endless.
This is one of the reason why I wanted to introduced it into the Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being program.
It is also a class that can cater for any fitness level, whether the fit athlete or someone very new to exercise and looking to build confidence in their bodies.
For more information on box-a-lates please contact me via:
My Web page – smfitnwell.com
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember – You don’t have to be great to start – but you do have to start to be great!
It is important to follow your heart and your dreams
Each month I like to do a road trip and experience an adventure and visit some place new! It is part of my gaols that I have set myself year that allow me to create the life that I want to live.
This has become more important to me as the years have gone by since Paul and Imogen dying. Their lives were cut short and they did not get to experience all that they wanted to - this has made me realise how important it always is to follow your heart and your dreams.
Yesterday I took a trip to Girraween with my beautiful daughter We hit the track with beautiful landscapes and rock formations, successfully avoided snakes and took a dip in cold waters. It was the perfect day!
#live #experience #dreams # nature
Enjoy walking or running? Help raise much needed funds for charity.
This month is all about finding ways to exercise, and I thought we would take a look at running as a way to get active, fit and healthy, especially with our local fun run Peak2Park just around the corner on Sunday March the 6th.
Peak2Park always holds a special place in my heart, as I used to run it with my daughter Imogen each year and since her death in 2012 I have continued to run it and always remember the special times we shared.
It is a great event to get started with if you are enjoy walking or running as the fun run caters for all different conditioning levels - offering a 4k and a 10k. The event is extremely community focused and encourages community, families and friends to get together and have some morning fun in the outdoors, while getting fit at the same time. The other aspect I love about this event is it raises much needed funds for various charities.
Over the years I have met so many clients and people who always tell me that they would love to one day run a 5k, 10k, half or a half marathon one day. It seems to be one of those bucket list things to do but for some reason it always get put off. I always say there is no time like the present to get motivated and get started on those dreams.
Here are some reasons to take the plunge and have a crack at a 10k event such as Peak2Park – you might be surprised at what you can do!
Tips to achieve a 10k race
10k Program – this program is a little different as it doesn’t focus on distance but time.
For more information on Peak2Park and to register – look on line.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.