Fitmark Athlete, Abbie Ginsberg, is all about changing it up.
We all have experienced the daily grind of life and at some point have gotten stuck in a rut in our careers, everyday lives, and of course, our workouts. What do you do to re-inspire, re-motivate, and re-fuel?
As a dance instructor and choreographer, it is very easy for me to get stuck in a formula or pattern of teaching and thinking. I liken it to “auto-pilot.” Of course, it’s so much easier to turn off the creative and innovate part of my brain and stick to what’s easy, normal, or routine. But what does this do for my individual growth and for the development of my students and their ability to progress as dancers?
I have a responsibility to myself and to my students to stay “fresh” on new techniques, activate the creative part of my brain, and try new things in the classroom. Lately, I have incorporated elements of my personal workouts into the classroom environment. I have introduced Bender ball workouts, core workouts, yoga, pilates, plyometrics, theraband technique, and deceleration drills into the classroom environment. The results? No class is the same! I have students that are excited to be at class and cannot wait to see what’s in store for the upcoming hour. Overall, strength and endurance has improved as well as prevention of injury, which is so important in dancers. What about the benefits of cross-training? We all know how crucial this is when physically active or involved with a particular sport that can add wear and tear to our joints through the same repetitive movement patterns.
Creatively speaking, it’s important for me to re-inspire myself with new ideas and outside influences. Sometimes that means taking a step away from my everyday life and researching new techniques online or in someone else’s classroom. It can be as simple as downloading new music for class (I think I can go another 20 minutes on the dreaded stepper if I have new music) or creating a new playlist on my Ipod. In other words, change it up! I try and make time to attend concerts, go to fabric stores, watch music videos, and attend musicals or dance concerts in person to help get the creative juices flowing.
Our workouts, daily routines, and careers can become so much more enjoyable and interesting if we take the time to think outside of the box and turn off our auto-pilots. When all else fails, taking a step away or time off from something that has become so routine can be the best medicine. I challenge you to think more creatively about your jobs, workouts, and daily life routines!