Mix up your exercise!
“Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, that quote doesn’t really make my point, but it reminds me not to take anything too seriously.
Back to the subject at hand- finding balance in physical activities. Just as wellness can’t come from only diet or exercise, fitness doesn’t come from only strength training, or aerobic exercise, or flexibility training… you get the idea.
Fundamentally, there are different facets of fitness that add up to overall physical wellness. Strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition are the most commonly held aspects of fitness. Obviously no one type of workout will give you all of them.
I find myself tending to just fall into one type of workout, depending on season. This time of year, I’m spending a lot more time on the bike. However, I find that if I can keep myself motivated to throw in some strength and flexibility workouts in as well, I’m faster on the bike and just feel better all around.
At the very least, try and get at least one type of workout in a week. It’s easy to find the time for a 20 minute high-intensity interval training session, or a few sun salutations. Now it’s just a matter of finding the motivation!