The more variety that you can add to you’re yearly exercise routine the better off you will be in the long run. The old adage “variety is the spice of life” holds true when it comes to trying to maintain your health and fitness level as you begin to advance in age. There are also positive associations with that adage in terms of helping your body function well both physiologically and psychologically. If you think of exercise more as a marathon and not a sprint then maybe that old saying will end up working just fine for you.
Let’s just say hypothetically that you were told that you could only choose one activity for each of the four seasons. What activity do you think you would you choose for summer, fall, winter and spring? Rather than pick activities that you feel comfortable with maybe push the envelope a bit and choose some different activities altogether. My top four choices are listed first after each season.
Summer: Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP), Bike an Island (i.e. Block Island (R.I), Nantucket, maybe bump into Obama on Martha’s Vineyard)
Fall: Hiking Adventure (i.e. Climb Mt. Washington), Train for a Road Race (5-10k, half/full marathon)
Winter: Snow-Shoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Crash-B Sprints (indoor rowing)
Spring: Stadium Stair Run/Walk, Train for an Obstacle Course type race (Tough Mudder, Spartan etc.)