Hello everyone and a belated welcome to the year 2014!

Whilst we’re on the subject, let’s talk new year’s resolutions. Long have we upheld this tradition, and the most common promises we make ourselves include such things as improving fitness, saving money, getting organised and learning something new and exciting. There is no secret to sticking to these goals except to revisit what the word resolution actually means; dedication, constancy and perseverance. Essentially, hang in there! Now whilst I’m not the best person to advise you on how to save money or become better organised (and in fact some would argue that these are definitely not my jurisdiction…), I can share with you some avenues of exercise you may not have considered to help you reach those fitness goals and learn something new at the same time.

Jump off the treadmill – I’ve only recently made the switch from treadmill running to outside, and soon realised how bored I used to be running on one spot without getting anywhere. There is only so much interest one can generate from seeing what emerging bands are playing at the pub across the road, despite how interesting their names were. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard…?* What the heck…? Anyway, I was bored, and was even reading the paper to make the time pass more quickly especially since being able to see the elapsed time enters you into a staring contest with those flickering red numbers. I was definitely not engaged in my exercise and not pushing myself at all. Since giving outside running a go I found it very challenging and appreciated the changing scenery and camaraderie that came with nodding to a fellow runner on the track. Setting a goal such as entering a fun run, joining a running group or using an app can help with motivation to keep training. Or perhaps you could do all three! Talk to James about the KX Run program, jump off that treadmill and let some fresh air and sunshine in the process.

Take a ballet class – Those of you that have tried our KX Barre classes will know how intense they can be, so you won’t be too surprised when I say that ballet is hard work! Ballet is fantastic for improving posture, balance, co-ordination and flexibility, and when executed correctly can give us that lean, lengthened look. It includes barre work, centre practice, turns and jumps, enabling you to also improve your cardiovascular fitness and hopefully find a new appreciation for dance. There is an old saying that goes something along the lines of, ‘If ballet were easy they’d call it football,’ and I always thought it sounded kind of cheesy but at the same time kind of true. True, this is a dangerous thing to say in Melbourne, the capital of AFL, but don’t forget that this is also Australia’s cultural capital…

Get into Pilates class – Of course, I can’t recommend these things without extolling the virtues getting to Pilates class. Not only do you get a solid workout but you also challenge your co-ordination, engage your brain and increase your body awareness. (for more on engaging your brain, read Sophie’s article from 4th)

*and sorry to that band I picked on, I bet you’re probably awesome.

 

-Shannon
KX Pilates & KX Barre Trainer