There are so many things I want to do, see and experience in my lifetime. One category of that involves health and fitness. I’m constantly setting goals for myself and have grown to love trying new types of workouts. Just in the last 6 months I have tried, fallen in love with and now frequently do barre, reformer Pilates and yoga sculpt among many others. And there are so many more that I have yet to try that are on my to-do list! In 2016 personal health, fitness and breaking through barriers will be on my mind and I have set the goal to try 12 workouts I've never before done, one of each month of the year.
Here they are, in no particular order, 12 workouts to try in 2016:
1. SUP Yoga
I do yoga all the time. And I’ve tried stand up paddle boarding once. Most of the time was spent on my knees or my butt attempting to stand up paddle board and the experience didn’t leave me wanting more. But every time I see SUP yoga sessions on mission bay I’m envious and longing to try it myself. Once the weather warms up a bit I’m vowing to get out on the water and soak up the sun and the Zen on the water.
Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, each session lasts 90 minutes and incorporates 26 poses and two breathing exercises and the studio is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. My first experience with hot yoga resulted in mid-practice blurred vision, dizziness and having to step out to lay on the locker room floor for a few minutes. It was hell. Since then I have done numerous heated classes at around 80-90 degrees without issue. So why do I want to put myself through Bikram Yoga? Because sweat and heat is an obstacle to overcome, and when you can separate your mind from the benefits your body is receiving from practice it leaves a feeling of accomplishment and your body gets a nice detox! Also, I’m just curious and want to give it a shot.
I know a mile doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve never in my life ran or jogged an entire mile without walking. I’ve never liked running. In high school I hated the days we had to run the mile. Last year I started getting into running a bit more and would take Emma around the bay. My longest run was just shy of 6 miles and wow it felt great, but even then I didn’t go a whole mile without walk breaks. My current mile time is somewhere around a sad 12 minutes. 2016 will finally be the year I make that mile and then I will extend it even longer!
4. Outdoor Bootcamp Class
I’ve done plenty of boot camp classes, and I love the outdoors, but the two combined? Something about it has always turned me off. Maybe its random strangers watching me work my ass off? I constantly see boot camp classes offered along the bay and think it would be a beautiful setting to work up a sweat. This year I will get past my hesitation and enjoy nature and fitness together.
5. Pole Dancing
This is really just for fun and wanting to feel sexy and confident. I’ll probably never have a practical use for what I’ll learn in this class, but who knows, maybe I’ll be able to wow someone behind closed doors one day. There’s a studio in San Diego that also offers lap dancing classes, which I also want to try (and perfect) after intro to pole dancing.
6. Rock Climbing
I’m not the biggest fan of heights, but I saw a news feature on a new indoor rock climbing gym in San Diego a while back and it looked cool and seems like it would be a fun workout to try. I want to start with indoor rock climbing because it looks cool and is probably the easiest to do. I’d eventually like to try rock climbing outdoors too, but might need to ease my way into it with small boulders or a guided rock climbing tour.
7. Dance (of any kind, except Zumba and Jazzercise)
The only time I dance, and think I’m doing a good job, is when I’ve been drinking. Other than that I feel stiff, awkward and self-conscious. Obviously the only way to become a better dancer is to dance! When I used to do Zumba all the time I would borrow moves from class out on the dance floor and wowed myself and people around me. It felt great! I hope to do the same with other forms of dance this year.
Truthfully, I’m scared of CrossFit which is precisely why I want to try it! I shouldn’t be scared away from any workout, ever! My aunt is a big fan of CrossFit and if her post-baby body isn’t enough to make someone want to give it a try, I don’t know what would. Bonus, it would be a good family bonding experience to guest appear in one of her classes. It’s unlike any workout I’ve ever done before I’m curious enough to try it, even if just once.
Doesn’t kickboxing just sound badass? I keep seeing it on ClassPass and want to try it, but I’ve been nervous to show up to a class like this. 2016 will be the year I get the courage to get in there, learn some sweet moves and kick some ass!
10. Belly Dancing
I’ve always thought it looked cool! To be able to move your hips like that, sensually sway around and build confidence in my dancing skills is exactly what I’m looking to get out of a belly dancing class.
I started reading a yoga book about finding your true north and there’s a lot of talk about meditation and the calming effects it can have on your mind and spirit. Meditation can also help you discover your true self, what you want out of life and the best path you need to take to get there. I’ve never tried meditation because it’s hard to calm the craziness in my head, I don’t like sitting there for long listening to all that crap. But what this book has taught me so far is that’s the body’s natural reaction, mediation is hard, it’s deep and it takes practice. Good thing I’ve got all the time in the word to try it and continue working at it.
Like I said, I have fallen in love with reformer Pilates, jump board, spring board and all the other Pilates apparatuses used in class. I have yet to try tower Pilates, but definitely want to! The tower provides an extra level of challenge and is the obvious next step in my Pilates practice.
I’ll be posting reviews of my experiences and what the workouts entail so keep up with me all year long as I cross each one off the list.