New Way to Get Exercise

It’s no secret that when trying to transform your life to a more holistic, well-centered focus, exercise is obviously going to be a big part of it.  Exercise keeps you healthy, young, and strong.  Muscle building keeps things moving as they should, and also burns more fat, where cardio keeps the heart healthy, the blood flowing, and keeps plaque from building in the arteries.

Exercise can be done in many, many ways, so there’s no need to pick something that makes you miserable.  If you hate running, you don’t have to sign up for a marathon.  If dancing isn’t your thing, don’t commit to a Zumba class!  You’ll want to make sure that the exercise (or exercises) you choose hold your interest, to make sure you’re able to follow through and continue on with your exercise plan.

Recently in looking for a new way to exercise, and break up the monotony of doing the same type of exercise over and over again, was to get into the sport of paddle boarding.  I have found a lot of fun in putting my board out into the water, and then hopping on it and paddling around my local lake.  To begin with this is an awesome activity because you get to be out in a new environment.  I have done some running by the lake before, but being out on the water is an opportunity to experience it from an entirely new direction and perspective.  If you haven’t heard about paddle boarding, check it out at  It may be a fun way to get your exercise in!


It’s a great core workout, is a lot of fun, and really gets the blood pumping.  I know I was super sore after the first couple of times out on the water, so I know it was getting muscles I had long since forgotten about.  But don’t be afraid.  It’s not difficult and not hurtful, but you and just feel the next day that you have put in a good workout.  My doctor even mentioned my improved health at my last visit, so I’m confident I will keep it up!

If the water isn’t your favorite, check out your local gym to see if there is a group fitness class you can join.  Studies show that when you’re part of a group class, you’re more likely to show up, participate, and actually enjoy it!  They have classes that range from dancing to muscle building, so there really is something for everyone.

I used to be self conscious about working out or exercising, but I’ve learned to really embrace who I am, let go, and just have a blast at whatever I’m doing.  It motivates me to keep on going, to keep pushing, and I get more confident every time.  I wouldn’t say I’m an expert at the inflatable stand up paddle board yet, but I get up there and keep trying every day.  And if anyone feels the need to laugh at me, I just let them laugh.  I’m having a great time, and keeping fit to boot!

No matter what it is that tickles your fancy, just get moving.  Make it fun, and you’ll never want to stop!