By Briana Boehmer
As a coach I feel part of my job is to prescribe exercise that keeps the mind fresh. There should be a purpose or objective for everything I give a client (yes a rest day has purpose!), and sometimes that purpose is FUN.
But what if you don’t have a coach? What if the word exercise has made you yawn since the day you learned what the word meant? I get it. Exercise can be boring and repetitive more times than not…but it doesn’t have to be! FUN workouts can also be quite meaningful in terms of what they do for your fitness.
Each year there are a handful of the “next best” things that come out, and it is often a battle to determine what is truly going to help you continue to grow and progress. However, one unique trend recently has aimed at making fitness more fun, and that is something I can cheer for. Fitness is becoming exciting and mentally (in addition to physically) challenging. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and check out fitness offerings that put the FUN back into exercise:
Events like Tough Mudder and the Warrior Dash take a very unique spin on your everyday running race. Be prepared to get dirty, climb walls, and maybe (just maybe) run through fire. Sounds like fun right?! You may even have a completely local version of these like I do (MadisonMudrun.com). Just one word of caution: sign up at your own risk!
How about an event that challenges the brain and the body? Adventure races are usually a combination of hiking, biking, orienteering, paddling, and problem solving. Some to check out: The Urban Dare and The Great Urban Race OR find an event through the Adventure Racing Association or a search engine like Active.com. I’ve done one locally many times and had a blast!
Your local gym, club or community center has a whole new set of class offerings that take the concept of group fitness to a new level. Classes like Zumba or Body Combat are gaining in popularity. However, with Dancing with the Stars being so popular, don’t underestimate the value of taking more “traditional” dance classes like swing or salsa!
After reading through this list I’m sure you’ll find something to cure your exercise-induced yawn! Time to get out and play!