Flexbility is key

Posted on: March 29, 2012

Nope, not a plug for yoga…today. This post is all about giving yourself some wiggle room in your workout schedule. Nobody likes rigidity, it’s uncomfortable and causes you to miss out on opportunities to learn new things, listen to your body, and better yourself.

As of last night, my plan for today’s workout included a 5 mile run at 7:30am, followed by a 45 minute swim. Last night I was asked to sub a Turbo Kick class at 7:30 this morning, there goes my run. I attempted to follow class with a swim, woke my roommate up to accompany me, and made the trek to the Aquatic Center only to find that a swim meet was taking place. So I hurried back to my dorm, grabbed some study material and hit the elliptical for 40 min. Sure, it wasn’t what I had planned, but I still burned nearly 1000 calories and got some studying done.

Whether you’re training for an event or need your one hour a day on the stair master to be able to function, loosen up in your routine and reap some unexpected benefits:

1. Fewer injuries. Repeating the same exercises day after day can wear on muscle fibers and cause tears, sprains, etc. Mix up your workout by trying new things. If you run, try a spin class. If you are a Zumba junkie, try weight lifting. Mix it up and feel better while doing your favorite form of exercise.

2. Higher level of fitness knowledge. If all you know are those P90X dvds, how can you hold a conversation about or know if you like any other types of fitness. Explore google, blogs, facebook, etc and find something new to learn!

3. More fun! Doing the same thing over and over makes it seem like a chore. Change up your routine and find other formats you enjoy.


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