Variety is the Spice of Life

I am not one to grind it out day after day on a treadmill.  Just as I was not really “feeling it” last week, my husband suggested we hike Sleeping Bear Dunes while we were traveling in northern Michigan.  Great call on his part.  Wow.  Slightly better than what I had planned (elliptical).  This picture does not do it justice.  It’s no wonder Good Morning America named this place the most beautiful place in America!

It serves as a great reminder to all of use who work to inspire others that we need a  little variety ourselves.  Trying something different can serve as a great break from the old to recharge our battery.  It’s important to keep this in mind with those you are working with.

Get to know them:   Listening to your client helps you zero in on their interests and support system.  Build those into their daily routine so they can truly enjoy physical activity in their life and with those they care about.

Go Green:  Forget the gym.  Some decent shoes and proper clothing (for those of us who live in Michigan during the winter anyway) is all you need.  Visit a playground or park, it’s so much better than a climate controlled workout facility.

Change things up:  Remember the theory of overload?  Doing the same thing over time no longer serves as an overload to your body and results begin to plateau.  This is why trying different activities and periodization are key.  Why do you think P90X is so effective?  I mean besides the part where it’s so hard you want to barf.  That brings me to my next point.

Challenge:  What some of us see as scary, once overcome, can be exhilarating!  We won’t know though, unless we try.  There is no better way to boost self-confidence than taking on a new task.  Don’t just put people through the motions – challenge them – challenge yourself.

My list could go on, but you see where I’m going.  Take a look at what you have been doing and see if you need to spice it up a little bit.  It might be worth looking at what you’ve got your clients doing as well.

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