Shock Your Body

Most of us exercise around the same time every day, whether you’re a morning, after work, or even on your lunch break type of person. Whatever works for you or allows you to fit it in is great; each time has its own benefits. Some like to rev their metabolisms first thing in the morning and get it out of the way so that they can relax with their family after work. Others like to have their bodies to continue to burn calories while they sleep from their night workouts. Personally, I’m an after work kind of girl. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a morning person, so I don’t do it to sleep in, I just like getting to work early so I can leave early and work out in the afternoon. I’m way more focused in the morning so I like to be able to take advantage of that by being at my desk cranking away. By the afternoon I find myself daydreaming about what workout I get to do when I’m off.

Just as your body gets used to a workout if you do the same one every day and never switch it up, I thought maybe switching up the time of day I work out would throw my body for a loop and give me the chance to see new results. So, starting this morning, I, along with my two coworkers, showed up at the gym at 5:30 a.m. for a heart-pumping wake up call: Spin Class! Sure, it felt like I had to pack my whole life up just to get out the door this morning, but it was certainly worth it. The three of us strolled into work full of energy and in great moods! We all agreed that we wouldn’t have been there if we hadn’t committed to each other, because let’s face it, who wants to get out of their cozy bed before 5:00 a.m. to face the freezing cold darkness outside?

Whatever your workout routine is, I encourage you to switch it up and see how your body reacts. Try it out for a month. That’s what we’re doing; a 30 day opportunity for the three of us to see what we can achieve. If at the end of your month you decide it’s not for you, then so be it. At least you gave it a shot, right? But you never know what you’re capable of until you try, so do yourself a favor and try. If you know you can’t do it alone, rope in a friend, coworker, or loved one and take on the new challenge together.

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