How you can maintain a solid (and regular) fitness routine

Jan 22 2018, 10:53 pm

So far, 2018 is off to a strong start. You’re starting to eat better, you’re seeing progress on the new year resolutions you made, and you’re feeling good about your new routine.

So why not let that trend of good decisions continue? Think of how good you’ll feel in a year (or even half a year) after regularly working out the whole time.

However, your biggest enemy could be fitness burnout. If you don’t start to add variety to your fitness regimen, you could find yourself losing the will to work out entirely.

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So before you hang up your running shoes for good, try slipping these activities into your exercise plan:


Take time to stretch those muscles and recharge your brain. Along with increasing your flexibility, it can reduce stress. That’s a win-win if we’ve ever heard of one.

Take a swim

Many people save swimming for the summer. What you might not realize is that it’s a great year-round low impact workout. It doesn’t require any special equipment or training, just your willingness to jump in!

Indoor cycling

It’s tough to hop on your bike when it’s cold and raining outside, so try a high cardio workout where you don’t need rain gear.

Take a group fitness class

You won’t know if you like it unless you try it. Whether it’s bootcamp, a dance class like Zumba® or cardio kickboxing, working out with like-minded people is both encouraging and motivating.  Most classes are easy enough to learn the routine the first time. Remember, everyone was a beginner once.

Or … go for a walk outside

We live in the nicest climate in Canada. However, it’s January in Vancouver so bring an umbrella just in case.

Looking for a place that has a variety fitness options under one roof? Well, you might want to give the YMCA a try. January is the perfect time to join the Y—you pay a no joiner fee and save up to $75.

YMCA members enjoy perks like; unlimited drop-in group fitness classes, swim lessons for all ages, convenient program times, and access to all YMCAs in Canada when you’re traveling. To make it better, there are no locked-in contracts and you can place your membership on hold for up to four months.

You can enter to win a free one-year membership at the YMCA as a Daily Hive Vancouver reader here.

If you don’t win the contest, don’t worry. The YMCA offers Financial Assistance so that no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Learn more about the Access program via the YMCA.

To find out everything the YMCA has to offer, visit www.trytheymca.

Robert Lee YMCA

Where: 955 Burrard Street, Downtown Vancouver

Langara Family YMCA

Where: 282 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Tong Louie Family YMCA

Where: 14988 57th Avenue, Surrey

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