Do you love (and need) variety in your life like I do? Do you also like making changes to your life to keep things interesting and meaningful?
One of my interests is in health. I consider health to be generally made up of 3 parts… exercise (workouts & walking), diet (foods we eat and don’t eat) and mental (which also includes meditation & mindfulness). I feel that under the health umbrella, wellness often equals wholeness, so all three need to be fed regularly. Variety in each can help sustain one’s health.
Today I would like to share a bit about the exercise part of health. In another post, I supply 10 easy forms of exercise for variety. But here I would like to touch on a new, fun exercise I began that may motivate you to try something new too.
On my way to work a few weeks ago, I stopped for an iced coffee in a strip mall I pass and saw a new business I never noticed before. It was called Title Boxing Club.
Looking in the windows, I saw about 30 heavy boxing bags hanging in a wide open space. I have been needing a new exercise motivation lately (again!), so just for kicks I stopped at Title Boxing on the way home from work to get more info.
A few instructors and I chatted, them offering me the run-down. It turns out they are a bit pricey in my eyes, but less expensive if you commit to the 12 month membership.
I know myself and my need for variety and have a feeling I may move on to something new again within the next 3 months.
Right then, the instructor, Eric, asked: “Want to join us for a free test class today?” I told him I happened to have my gym bag in the car, so my reply was “Why not?!”
After changing my clothes, I found the people there so helpful. From how to put hand-wraps on (to protect wrists and knuckles inside the boxing gloves) to finding a spot by one of the heavy bags, I was set to go!
The class began with some great music mixes cranking to pump you up. Eric was on a microphone calling out and demonstrating moves as we began the workout. After I sweatily watched the clock tick down 15-minutes, Eric then said “ “Ok…warm-up is over.” I tiredly said to myself,
“Are you kidding me?!” That 15 minute “warm-up” was more of a FULL workout than many others I’ve done in the past!
When I found out the class was to be 60-minutes and not just 30-minutes total as I expected, I got a little scared! I honestly didn’t think I could make it through the whole thing. But looking around, there were about 7 guys of varying ages and about 6 women…one of them looking to be around 60-years-old. The variety of people made me feel a lot better and more comfortable because everyone seemed to be at varying levels of fitness.
It was challenging coordinating the sets of moves…Jab, jab, cross, hook, hook, uppercut. The more I did it, the better I was at keeping up, and the harder I could hit the bag.
I pushed through and finished the whole class, sweating all over my area of the mat and taking a couple breaks during class to get a drink of water from the water fountain.
An amusing thing was the time between rounds that they called “rest time”. In their minds rest time was nonstop burpees and mountain climbers! What?!…maybe in Hell that’s rest time! In my little world, rest time consists of sitting on my butt for 30 seconds between sets to catch my breath and wipe the sweat off my forehead with a towel.
The so-called cool-down was very similar to the above-mentioned rest time. It was doing sit ups with a medicine ball and planks…which isn’t a cool-down in my book…that is called THE workout in the circles I run in!
Once the class was over and after I wiped the gym mat with their provided giant wet-wipes, Eric asked, “So what did you think?” The only thing I could exclaim through my totally exhausted body was “Holy sh*#!” We both laughed and I left to go home to shower and also to figure out if this would be realistic to continue or a one time thing.
That Thursday I was back again…signing up for the monthly plan of
torture boxing classes!
For me, twice a week would be the most I could do because of my full-time job and my weekend work, but the motivation the structured class provided was worth it to me. Plus, only going twice a week would give me a couple days to recuperate between classes!
All in all, the classes are grueling, fun and I feel totally accomplished after finishing each one. It is exactly what I needed to jump-start a new type of workout. The classes switch things up too, so it satisfies my need for variety.
I am presently in my 5th week of going twice a week. I’m still enjoying the variety of moves/exercises as well as the motivation.
I urge you to find something fun and engaging in the exercise realm too. Because if you find “your thing”, you will be much more likely to follow through with exercise.
If you are looking for something new, take things a little at a time. Try to improve this exercise branch of health first, then you can work on the diet and mental branches after that, and it won’t be as overwhelming.
Mike Holik is a graphic designer by day and a writer by night. Visit him at his new blog, www.MakeTimeToChange.com, where he helps busy people make positive changes in their lives…even if they aren’t quite sure what those changes are yet.