“You will almost never see me on a treadmill, elliptical, stair master, or stationary bike.”
This is one of the first things my clients usually here from me. Its part of my response when I get asked what kind of ‘cardio’ they should do. Why is that part of my response? A couple reasons. I want to be truthful. The idea of slogging away for even 5 minutes on one of the standard cardio machines makes my eyes want to glaze over. There has to be some enjoyment level in the exercise routine we choose otherwise we will never stick to it. So I try and steer my clients to avenues that will be enjoyable for them. That is not to say I don’t enjoy a cardio workout. I would just rather run up and down stairs or do hill repeaters, do sprint intervals outside, or find a trail to run. That is much more enjoyable and exciting in my eyes.
Part of what I try and do is teach others to have fun with their fitness, health, and well being and how to make all of it sync up with the rest of their lives.
One way to achieve the fun aspect is to try things that peak your curiosity. My fitness journey has been long and winding and I allow myself to experiment with more non traditional training aspects that I want to try solely out of curiosity. Recently it has been things like bodyweight training and sports like climbing, gymnastics, and parkour.
That’s at this awesome place called the Brooklyn Zoo. Its filled with all sorts of climbing apparatus, trampolines, monkey bars. Its pretty much a playground for adults. It was the first time I ever tried something like that and I had an absolute blast. So if you find yourself incredibly interested or curious in anything to get you moving try it out. Worst case scenario is you don’t like it and move onto something else.