Wellfie Wednesday Tip #143: Feeling Uninspired? Try a New Fitness Class

Happy Wellfie Wednesday! Welcome back! This week is brought to you by Diana (@DianaKlatt)!

Recently felt uninspired to get to the gym? Feel like you keep doing the same exercises over and over again? We’ve all been there. It can be hard to keep pushing forward when we feel like we are plateauing and we don’t know where to go from here. Here’s a simple way to get over this hump - mix it up!

There are numerous types of different exercise classes and outlets out there now, HITT (High Intensity Tactical Training), TRX, aerial/anti-gravity yoga, pilates, bouldering, rowing, skating, barre, kickboxing, swimming… the list can go on and on. It’s likely that you may be doing a couple of these already but are you doing them regularly? And are you basically hitting autopilot? If so, maybe you should try out a new exercise class!

You may feel like it’s hard to try something new, especially if it’s something that is completely new to you. So bring a friend! It’s a great way to try new things while spending time with a friend and having the motivation to complete your workout.

If you’re looking to try something new, I highly recommend bouldering and aerial silks/yoga.

  1. Bouldering can be equal parts fun and a good life skill to learn (or it can be your start into recreating the documentary Free Solo…). Rock climbing is a great workout that uses muscles in your arms, core, and lower body. Your back and arms are engaged with pulling yourself up the wall or mountain and your core, quads, and calves are used to help stabilize your body while you climb. (Note that this activity frequently results in dry hands from applying chalk, so maybe don’t try it out if you have somewhere to be where you may shake a lot of hands.)

  2. Aerial silks/yoga, while much less of a life skill, is quite fun and is an amazing workout for your core and upper body. Aerial yoga takes the movements and efforts of normal yoga and adds more of a full body aspect due to the nature of utilizing the silk hammock. You spend a lot of time getting yourself up into the silks and holding static poses or you use the silks to help suspend various limbs while also holding static poses. Aerial yoga acts as a method of cross-training as it incorporates both strength and flexibility, as well as having a strong core focus. It heavily focuses on core strength as well as spinal and shoulder flexibility.

If you do try something new, let us know! Especially if it’s uncommon, we’d love to hear about all the different things you’ve all tried.

Thanks for all of the support, be sure to post your pictures this week and tag the WW crew members in your post (@TheFuelPhysio@Eric_in_AmERICa@FreestylePhysio@DianaKlatt) and keep the wave of healthy change going!

- WW Crew

Wellness Wednesday Tip #10: Challenge: Implement Other's Posts

Happy Wellness Wednesday!!

     Welcome back folks! We hope that #WellfieWednesday posts have helped show you simple ways that you can improve your health. As a reminder, our goal was to compile images that inspire others to live healthier, spread healthy ideas, and reduce chronic diseases by promoting a preventative lifestyle. For this week’s tip, which is our 10th tip, we want to challenge your healthiness!

     So today and all week for that matter, we want you to incorporate the posts of others into your day. Check out #WellfieWednesday on Twitter and Instagram and replicate someone else’s post. Take their ideas and try incorporating them as your own. As an alternative to this, check out our last nine tips by clicking the link here and integrate one of them into your day. Make sure to show us your success using our tag, #WellfieWednesday.

     You would be surprised at the power of mimicry and the influence that you have on others. Take advantage of this effect and help change our population’s health for the better. Be a part of the solution for decreasing chronic lifestyle disease by spreading healthy living.

     We would also like to give a shout out to those that have consistently shared their version of healthy living! Special thanks to @mikeeisenhart  ‪@bdenisDPT  ‪@DrBenFung  ‪@jberglund20  ‪@ARothschildPT  ‪@rupalPT  ‪@WebPT  ‪@sunsopeningband  ‪@mjcDPT  ‪@DianaKlatt  ‪@JRPT7 and all the others out there posting #WellfieWednesday!

     Keep posting your photos and be sure to tag Eric (@Eric_in_AmERICa) or myself (@PBernerSPT) and help inspire those around you!

-       Dr. Patrick Berner, PT, DPT

-       Dr. Eric Uveges, PT, DPT