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Exercising Your Options

I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that change really is good! In fact, it is a necessity! The need for change is the reason we continue to have a rotation of different exercise trends and fads. Humans are constantly trying to improve, grow and learn new things. Without progress, everything becomes mundane. The same holds true for exercise, health and fitness.

Performing a variety of activities can improve your physical health and help avoid doldrums and burnout. So while “trying something new” may seem a bit intimidating at first, it can be the best thing for moving you forward toward a healthier you.

Consider cross-training for example. A plus for injury prevention, cross-training utilizes a variety of muscles and helps you avoid overstressing just a few. The secret to cross-training is to include as many activities as have personal appeal: stepping, walking, bicycling, strength training, tennis, rock climbing, martial arts, swimming, etc. The list is virtually endless.

So, if you're getting bored with the same old routine, try incorporating a new activity. This challenge may be just the nudge your motivation needs and it will certainly add some spice to your exercise program. And if you can’t think of ways to change on your own, consider hiring a fitness professional like me to determine the best route to maintaining your health for years and years to come!

As always – Live Your Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal
johnaaron-massage.com

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