fitness

Martha thinks about how we can mix things up

Over the past few years, but really since I started working independently, I realized that I do like structure in my day. To ensure fitness or some movement is a priority in my day, I’ve tried reserving blocks of time for training so they don’t get sucked away by work or family needs.

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I have a routine too when I train. I know when we will focus on squats and when we will focus on deadlifts. I know how I will warm up and what order I will do my exercises (although sometimes I need a reminder because, yes, I will “forget” my least favourite bits. 🙂

This week my trainer programmed something different for me to work on — a circuit in which I carried out three sets of activities and then rested. She told me she wanted to mix it up a little, and while it felt hard, it also felt good.

A change is as good as a rest the old adage says. This pandemic has meant so much is out of our control that many of us have been working hard to instill stability and consistency in a period where neither seems possible, sometimes day to day, or this week, hour to hour.

I have learned that while routines are great, ruts are not. Mixing things up, even within a structure is perfectly fine. I’m used to shaking things up when I facilitate planning sessions but hadn’t realized how set I was in other areas.

It was a good lesson to encounter this week. I’ve been thinking about where else can I mix things up, and what I will discover as a result. How about you? Have you been practicing a little anarchy amongst the orderly bits of your life? Let us know in the comments.

MarthaFitat55 lives, works, and moves in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.