Remove ‘Routine’ from your Exercise Vocabulary

Pick up a fitness magazine or any weekly rag at the checkout counter (or just tune into one of those late night info-mercials) and you’re likely to see one of these headlines:

–       “Secret Workout Of The Stars Revealed”

–       “No Time—No Problem. World’s Fastest Workout”

–       “Banish That Belly With One Simple Exercise”

–       “Blast Fat Fast!”

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t have a problem with anyone promoting ways to exercise. Let’s face it– anything that might motivate people to move is a great thing! What I do have a problem with, though, is the concept that there is a one-size-fits-all exercise plan, that there’s a secret behind it and that it always works for everyone. I’m here to tell you; There are no secret workouts, no “special’ exercises and definitely no shortcuts to getting into shape. It’s calories burned, it’s Activity PointsPlus® values earned and it’s work; don’t let anyone fool you about that. But, it can be fun work!

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Yeah, right!”

Look, I get bored out of my mind if I walk on the treadmill or ride my bike along the same path everyday and I would imagine you would, too. No one needs drudgery. Boredom is not a motivator, so you have to mix it up and step out of your comfort zone! Try different ways to be physically active. Seriously, that’s where the real work comes in…changing your attitude and getting yourself out of the exercise rut. They don’t call it an “exercise routine” for nothing!

So where do you start? Well, just for the heck of it, leisurely visit a well-stocked, sporting good’s store. Go up and down every aisle, look at all the products. Picture yourself using all the different items, imagining that each item was manufactured just for you. Sounds crazy, but do it! I don’t care if it’s a whiffle ball bat, a SlipNSlide or boxing gloves. Contained within those 4 walls are literally hundreds of FUN ways for you to become more physically active.

As you’re making your way from idea to idea, remain open-minded (like a 5 year old kid) and don’t sell yourself short (you can do anything you set out to do!). If you want to start golfing at the age of 80 and your doctor is all for it, go for it. If that kayak hanging on the wall in the boating section is calling your name, what’s stopping you from adopting paddling as a sport? Rollerblading? No problem, at least after a few test runs.

Make it an ongoing quest to look for entertaining, adventurous-for-you ways to keep moving. The “fun-factor” alone will help you commit to making physical activity a permanent part of your lifestyle.