5 Ways to Fight Fitness Boredom

Happy 2012! If getting to the gym more often is part of your New Years resolution, but you dread the idea of going nowhere fast on a treadmill, then try something different.  One of the keys to a successful fitness routine is to make sure its not routine. In fact, youll have better results if you mix it up by adding strength and flexibility to your cardio workouts.  An exercise class can do just that.  Here are some ideas that will take you beyond the treadmill and help fight fitness boredom. 1.  Do a morning stretch.  Start your day off with Flex & Firm, a class inspired by Yoga that targets your core by using standing and floor stretching as well as the use of a stability ball for strength and toning.  2.  Travel the circuit. Flex your muscles using the resistance machines in the fitness room in a group setting. The Circuit incorporates all of the upper body and lower body machines along with various exercises utilizing dumbbells and other accessories. 3.  Just add water.  Nothing is more refreshing than a workout in the pool and Aqua Aerobics gets you motivated with cardio plus resistance training.  For something a little more relaxing, try Ai Chi, a water-based, relaxation progression class that combines deep breathing with slow broad movements. 4.  Become more social.  Exercising in a group builds camaraderie, holds us accountable and keeps us motivated.  Plus it’s fun when you’re with friends!  Water Volleyball at Maple Knoll is a great way to be active and social at the same time. 5.  Start dancing!  Zumba anyone?  Dance your worries away with Zumba Fitness.  This class uses high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations. It is based on the principle that a workout should be “fun and easy to do” allowing you stick to the Zumba Fitness program and achieve long-term health benefits. Fact: Thinking about going to the gym burns between 0 and 0 calories! This year, add an exercise class to your fitness routine.  Contact the Hemsworth Wellness Center on the campus of Maple Knoll Village at 513.782.4340 for more information.    
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