Fitmark Ambassador Sara Cho encourages you to stay active outside of your normal routine to keep from becoming bored
Staying active is important but changing up your routine is essential to keeping your body fresh and prevents boredom. Often times we get into a habit of repeating the same routines day after day, going through the motions without putting any effort or emotions into it and just end up quitting or become sedentary. To avoid this, try different activities to stimulate your mind and body.
One of the things I hear most from my friends is, “you are such a busy lady! How do you stay so active?”. Well, that’s because I’m always looking for events and activities to participate in to continually challenge my mind and body. Like many people, I get bored easily so once my body plateaus and finds that comfort zone, my mind starts to lose interest. Therefore, I have to always find a new recreation to supplement my passion. When choosing a hobby or sport, it’s important to always be enthusiastic about it. As a part-time snowboard instructor, every start of the new season is like the start of a new school year for me because we only work 3-4 months of the year. The rest of the year, I participate in other activities that may or may not correlate to that sport, but either way I am always prepared for the new season.
In snowboarding, I use my legs a lot and have to make sure to keep my stamina up. So during the off season, I work on building and keeping my legs strong by weight training and doing lots…. and LOTS of squats! I also ride my bicycle as much as possible, whether it’s a 30 mile fitness ride, to the gym or even just to get some cardio in. Cycling is one of the best low-impact cardio you can do without putting too much stress on your knees and ankles. In addition to traditional cardio training at the gym and cycling, I also take Krav Maga classes which allows me to stay strong and alert with practical defensive preparation.
There are many things I have tried and experienced, some I have enjoyed and some not. But there are so many wonders in life that we need to explore, there is no reason not to get out there and enjoy what life has to offer. But how do I find time to do all of this? Simple, it’s not about making time for fitness, it’s a lifestyle. When you choose to live a healthy life, what you do to live that way becomes who you are. So don’t stress about packing your calendar with dozens of activities to stay motivated, keep it simple little by little and the rest will fall into place naturally. Just remember to vary your routine and don’t get burnt out!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013