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Bored with Your Workout? Kick It Up a Notch

By Sandy Schroeder

When your fitness routine no longer inspires you, it may be time to take a sharp right turn. Go someplace that you have never been before. That could be a rock climbing gymp, barre ballet studio, or a neighborhood volleyball, soccer or basketball court in your community.

If it appeals to you, it may do a lot to get your fitness routine back on track. When we make fitness a must-do assignment, a lot of the fun disappears, and often, so do we.

Broaden Your View

Fitness is full of options. To get the full benefit, why not look around for as many interesting choices as possible. If it interests you, add it to the list.  You could include tasks beyond exercise routines that require physical effort, like repainting a room, wallpapering a hall, cleaning out the garage or expanding the garden. As always, check with your doctor before you begin a new exercise.

Here are some more ways to get out there.

Fast-moving dancing - Just show up and start dancing. The whole room may be filled with people who clearly love to dance. If it works for you it may become addictive.

Visit a rock climbing gym - A trainer will help you start out slowly and get a feel for the sport. In the process you will get a good workout, too. If you absolutely love it, the gym may be able to help you link up with rock-climbing groups who take novices out on beginner trips.

Expand your hikes - If you already love to hike, or think you would, you may be able to find community sponsored wilderness, nature or photography hikes, geared for all ages.

Upgrade your biking - Most of us have been on bikes all of our lives, but today’s biking enthusiasts have a lot to offer with special bikes and long-distance biking feats. Talk to a biking enthusiast and see if the idea fits.

Bounce around - If you get bored easily, you may just need to switch back and forth with one week for running, the next one for water aerobics, and the third week for tennis, golf or volleyball.

Stage your own bootcamp - Create your own cardio and strength run of exercises with lunges, push-ups, jumping jacks, and planks. Gradually shape the circuit that fits you, doing each exercise for 60 to 90 seconds.

Take walking tours - If your city has walking tours of historic spots, sign up. In the process, you may spot many more areas that you might want to explore on foot.

Whatever works should keep you interested while it keeps you moving.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif

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