Keeping things Interesting

So this past week I randomly decided to start switching up my normal workout routine. I felt like I wanted some more variety, and I was starting to crave a different type of workout than what I’ve been doing with 21 Day Fix Extreme. I have LOVED the workouts from 21 DFX but with so much weight use and being a bit slower-paced, I just started craving some fast, high energy cardio! I had done some TurboFire in the past with my sisters,  so I remembered enjoying those workouts, so I went with that through Beachbody OnDemand.

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Man oh man! It has been so good for me for a few reasons. First, these workouts are HIGH energy, HIGH impact, FAST moving cardio workouts. Lots of jumping, punching, kicking – the works. But it is so fun because there is a little bit of a dance element to it which I love. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to work more on my core and I felt like no matter how many crunches I do, I need to be burning the fat around my belly and to do that, I need more cardio!

The second way these workouts have been good for me is that I feel like I’m working totally different muscles and different parts of my body! I have been so sore in all new ways this week. Whereas with 21DFX I was getting to where I could do the whole workout, get a good sweat and good burn, but I wasn’t necessarily feeling it the next day. This week, I’ve been INSANELY sore! And it’s in places I wouldn’t necessarily expect. Mainly my shoulders! Who knew your shoulders got so much work in these types of workouts?!

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The third way it has been good for me is that it has pushed me and caused me to realize that I’ve still got a long way to go before I feel as “fit” as I’d like. I’ve had to modify a good bit in these workouts, and the day I tried the 60-minute one, I almost died, and I skipped about 10 minutes of it. My other workouts had just gotten, well, not easy, but so do-able that I wasn’t being pushed. Now, I am!

I also went to a workout class this week for the first time in YEARS! A complete gym membership just isn’t really in the cards for us right now but I’m taking one class a week at a local church and it is extremely affordable. Not to mention they have fabulous childcare. I’m taking the class almost as much for the childcare as I am for myself 😉 But anyway, I went into the class with a big head thinking “I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for years, I’m going to be the star of the class!” Wrong-o. It kicked my booty! But it’s because I was trying NEW things that were pushing me in new ways. I’m so thankful for that! Sure it felt a little embarrassing having to take breaks and creating a massive sweat puddle underneath me, but it felt good to be pushed and I’m excited to go back next week.

The moral of the story – don’t get stuck in your comfort zone! Continue pushing and challenging yourself! Find new ways to stretch yourself and go for it! It’s the only way to grow!

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