Some folks just thrive in a routine.
Routines can be great for monitoring where you are, and what's been accomplished or is yet to happen on the job or even in our personal activities.
I think I'm a routine person for many things, out of necessity, but in regards to a good deal of activities in life, I consider routine to be a rut which invites Boredom and Boredom often hangs out with his dependable sidekick, Frustration, and both of them are good buddies with Depression.
None of those folks are good to be hanging out with, and definitely shouldn't be welcome in your fitness circles, but no worries. There are things you can do to keep these three from crashing your parties.
Add a bit of variation to your routine. Put a new song on your Jump Tunes list. (Jump Tunes is the play-list on my mobile-phone made up of my favorite songs to workout to.) Wear a new bandana. I have a drawer full of them and I'm still buying new ones when I see a new pattern out that I like. Depending on how cold it is, I sometimes wear two of 'em.
Small changes can still make big differences ...
Those are easy changes to make for some of us to keep things interesting, but other changes, or perhaps they should be considered additions to routines can do more than keep the dread out of routine activities. They can increase your fitness level, help you be more flexible and increase your agility in areas out of your norm.
Here are a couple examples ....
Lately my workouts have mostly been on what I call The Village Mile. It's about 1 mile around the village I live in. I'm able to keep changes in the routine depending on what time I put my walk in. If it's after dark, I stick with two streets that I can see well on. This is the country, so there are dusk-'til-dawn lights in some yards, but not all, so many areas in the village are dark after sunset.
If I have enough daylight time left, I can branch out further to other areas that provide a change of scenery and a few hills to climb. But, even with those variations, I'm still in a small area and I'm on pavement that's hard enough to keep me from jogging on it. So, when the weather's been dry and I've got enough light to see by, I sometimes drive to our friends nearby farm, a little over a mile away, and jog around the paddock where my sister's horses live with their friends.
The paddock provides awesome turf for jogging in cool weather. I say cool because during warm weather, snakes might be out and I'm not hip on jogging with snakes.
In winter, when it's been cold enough to freeze the ground, it's not good for jogging because the lumps and bumps in the soil won't give, which means a good risk of trippage, but it's still great for walking because it gives my ankles and legs a different sort of workout, forcing me to increase my balance efforts.
You can't see them via this pic, but there's a couple of really nice inclines in this paddock. I'm standing on top of one of them.
Something else I can do here that breaks up a walk-routine is forking hay. For me this has always been fun rather than work. It's great for strengthening your core, as well as your upper and lower extremities, from your toes to your neck.
This is one of those activities that I require a bandana for, sometimes two, so I can keep the sweat out of my eyes and one over my nose and mouth keeps me from breathing hay-dust.
Of course, this sort of work is the kind that can be enjoyed all alone with some good music in your ears and maybe some prayer time too. But, another awesome aspect that comes with barnyard fitness is the company!
Meet Remington -- one of my favorite, bratty, four-legged friends.
A shout out for some folks in Minnesota!
My thanks to Laura Rogers of "Stoopin' It" in the Suburbs, for responding to my request for contributions of fitness activities their friends and family enjoy.
Laura is a passionate and talented author, hailing from Minnetonka, Minnesota where the winter weather often provides a nearly magical environment for outdoor games and sports.
Her nephew, Chris Berglund and his lovely wife, Johanna, who were kind enough to forward photos to her so we could feature them having fun with some of their favorite outdoor fitness activities during winter weather.
Since Johanna is Peruvian, the snowscape provides a bit of a new scene for her to enjoy. Peru does have snowfall in it's Andes mountains, but to my knowledge, winter sports are not part of the larger Peruvian society. And often (or usually), when there is snow in the mountains, the land in the valleys can still be experiencing hot weather.
Pack Rides! bids a warm welcome to Chris and Johanna Berglund, and their Auntie Laura Rogers! Thank you for participating and lending some awesome inspiration!
Introducing Runtastic ...
Last year, my friend Michelle convinced me to switch from the workout monitor application I was using to a different one called, Runtastic GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker.
It's good to have friends who share info. I learn a lot that way, and this was one of those little diamonds I uncovered in exactly that sort of exchange.
I LOVEE using this program! It does all sorts of fun stuff for its users, like counting sit-ups, or recording mileage, heart rates, weather, surface type and even your attitude during the workout as well as calories burned.
And since sharing is caring, you can add your friends that use it into a workout circle so even if you're oceans apart, you can still keep up with each others fitness activities, to help monitor and encourage each other during your fitness quests.
Although it's caled Runtastic, it still has you covered on all sorts of fitness activities, and you can even program in your own names for them, like ... hay tossing?
'Til next time ...
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