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Out-of-the-box exercise: Good health starts with small steps

Working out regularly is a great step toward overall fitness, but it can be very easy to get in a rut. That can equate to boredom and possibly to stalled progress, both of which can lead to skipped workouts. Get back on track by thinking out of the box.

Kendra Rorabaugh, group fitness supervisor at the Prisma Health (formerly Greenville Health System) Life Center, says keeping it simple can go a long way toward jumpstarting new thinking about exercise. Rorabaugh is also featured in Prisma Health’s MoveWell program, which offers free monthly workout videos and more.

“People, myself included, we often overthink what we need to do to be fit or stay active,” she says.

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Some take an all or nothing approach or think they have to work toward a goal of training for a half-marathon or stay on a program, such as Crossfit. Both of those can be great if that’s your goal, Rorabaugh says, but good health can start with smaller steps.

“It can be a lot more simple than that,” she says.

Start by exercising intuitively.

“How does my body feel when I do this movement?” Rorabaugh says. “Feels good? Do it.”

Sometimes that means you need to work up a sweat. On other days, maybe you just need a walk outside in the fresh air.

“Free yourself from doing something that doesn’t feel good,” Rorabaugh says. “I’m not saying you don’t set goals.”

One fun and fresh way to shake up your exercise routine is to play in a local park.

“We have lots of parks and playgrounds that can make for a great set up for a total body workout,” Rorabaugh says.

Rorabaugh recommends using what you have available, including park benches, picnic tables (carefully) and playground equipment.

“Use your environment,” she says.

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At home, add some easy, inexpensive spark that won’t take up a lot of room. Rorabaugh recommends resistance bands and tubes, as well as a kettlebell. All provide a great workout and then easily stash away when not in use.

“Bands have varying resistance,” she says. “They are super affordable. I think a kettlebell is a great tool to have. You can do all sorts of resistance training. It’s one piece of have equipment and it doesn’t take up space.”

But Rorabaugh cautions that anyone using a kettlebell should get good advice on what to do with it and how to use it safely.

To shake up your cardio equipment routine, try something new – maybe a rowing machine.

“The seat is more comfortable than a bike seat,” Rorabaugh says. “It’s a great way to add variety, even if you do run. You can get your upper body involved, too.”

And for perhaps the ultimate multipurpose exercise, yoga can hit almost every need.

“You can get some great balance, flexibility, mobility and strength from yoga,” Rorabaugh says. “That’s a broad spectrum of benefits. It’s worth considering for people who have lots of different types of goals.”

For workouts and more, visit https://www.ghs.org/healthcenter/movewell.

Article source: https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/life/style/talk-greenville/2019/03/18/out-box-exercise-good-health-starts-small-steps/3206606002/

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