About half of us will make a list of resolutions this year, and most of us won’t keep them. What gives?
If you’re one of the people who, when the ball drops on December 31, has to sheepishly admit that you didn’t meet the fitness goals you so optimistically set on January 1, take a deep breath. After all, it could have been a clear-cut case of “It’s not me, it’s you…” In essence, one of the main culprits might have been your choice of workout, not your desire to exercise.
Let’s face the facts here: Even the most ardent physical fitness buffs — and it’s okay if you’re not one of them — have their “go to” workouts. Those are the exercises they really like to do. Sure, they’ll do the other ones to build strength, gain flexibility and increase endurance, but they aren’t their “true loves.” They just flirt with them, because they have to in order to reach their personal goals.
If you really want to stay on track with all your health resolutions in 2014, it’s time to engage in athletic endeavors you’ll actually begin to crave, even more than your daily strawberry-banana smoothie!
Think you’ve tried every exercise under the sun? My guess is that you might have missed a few in your zeal to quickly lose weight or drop a dress size. As you plan for a successful twelve months of fitness next year, why not make a pledge to try at least one of these awesomely cool ways of getting and staying healthier?
FYI: To entice you even more, each has a special music-themed title.
It’s Getting Hot in Here!
The exercise: Yoga in a room that’s incredibly humid and warm – think 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity.
When you’re hot, you’re hot. And you most certainly will be if you engage in this kind of intense yoga, which is sometimes touted as Bikram yoga, but can be known by other names. During hot yoga classes, yoga is taught in a heated environment to encourage participants to sweat out toxins as they try their best Crane and Downward Dog poses. As long as you chug water before, during and after each class, you’re going to feel like you accomplished something incredible.
The Tide Is High…
The exercise: Running on a treadmill that’s submerged in a pool.
You don’t like to run? We understand. It can be hard on the joints, not to mention somewhat boring if you’re stuck on a treadmill in a crowded gym. What about if that treadmill is in a pool? Today, there are a select number of forward-thinking fitness and rehab facilities that boast aquatic therapy pools that come complete with underwater treadmill floors. You get all the benefits of running or jogging, but none of the pounding on your knees, hips or vertebrae. Plus, the hydrostatic properties of the water will help rejuvenate you without making you feel sore the next day.
Dancing on, or Near, the Ceiling
The exercise: Climbing indoor “rock” walls.
Indoor rock climbing may sound a little “extreme”, but trust us: there’s something for everyone, even if you’re a beginner. As long as you can comfortably put weight on your legs, you can boulder from side-to-side across an indoor climbing wall face. For the more adventurous or advanced rock climber who has a fitness partner, belaying up and down on a wall face is an awesome thrill.
No More Excuses for Fitness Fiascoes
With so many options available to the person who wants 2014 to be THE year when it comes to meeting, or exceeding, weight and health resolutions, there’s really no reason to give up. Try a new exercise, and feel better than ever in no time! Who knows? You just might love it so much that you decide you want to teach it to other beginners in 2015!
Savannah Marie is a wife, health enthusiast and freelance writer for 12 Keys. When she isn’t writing, you can find her walking a trail with her favorite yellow lab or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.