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Mix It Up

Mix It Up

To keep things fresh – mixing it up a little in life and in fitness is the key! Sure, we all have our favourite exercise habits but after a while the same exercise can be repetitive on the mind and body to a point where the body does not get the desired results. This type of exercise becomes more of a maintenance program. Don’t get me wrong MOVEMENT is the key but MIXING IT UP with your movement can be even better!

In my many years in the fitness business, I see and speak to clients and members who are not getting results. They fall into the trap of doing the same thing when they come into the studio or club. This may feel safe for them as they are not getting out of their comfort zone or it may fit into the allotted time they come to exercise. I understand that CHANGE can be hard but hey sometimes we gotta make the change.

How do I mix it up?

Here is my easy “How To” when it comes to making some overdue changes to your exercise routine:

1. If you are a member of a gym then many health clubs offer small group training or personal training. These are particularly good if you have an injury or timeline to hit your goals as the PT will monitor you individually and give you new routines, exercises and thoughts

2. Add an outdoor run or walk to your weekly sessions or start training for an event, fun run or even a half marathon. You might even want to take it up a notch and make it a hike in the hinterland with a group of friends! Mt warning is a ripper! Choose social but active events.

3. Yoga or Pilates – these both tick the box for adding a bit YIN to your life. If you are fast paced like me and need to stop and practice a little deep breathing then add this to the repertoire! Increasing your recovery will increase your results!

4. Go to a group fitness class in your gym or studio that you normally would not attend like Zumba, Met con, Reformer HIIT or Grit to name a few (chat to the staff about what each class entails) as this helps you experience a new training format and have greater appreciation to other training modalities.

My list could go on but my challenge to you is to just make one achievable change and make it a high priority. Try a few different things until one resonates with you but it has to put you out of your comfort zone just a bit!

About The Author

Roz & Dave Norman

Roz has been a passionate advocate for healthy living since starting her career as a group fitness instructor at 16. Roz’s fitness journey progressed personally and professionally locally and abroad, before moving into management roles for Goodlife and Managing Director for Snap Fitness Australia. David holds a sport science degree, has owned award-winning fitness studios in the past and founded/co-directs EYE fitness / Synergy Fitness which supplies innovative fitness products and programming across Australia, NZ and Asia. Nowadays, the pair owns and operates Pilates & Co, delivering dynamic Pilates reformer sessions along with functional training classes to help tone, lengthen and strengthen while developing clients’ cardiovascular training and metabolic conditioning // www.pilatesandco.com.au

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