Finding your fitness “happy place” –- a workout that you are totally content with -– is an ambition that eludes many of those who seek better health. Still searching for yours? Check out Emmy award-winning New York reporter Ben Aaron’s piece on Dance Walking to put a little step into your Springtime.
Whether Dance Walking will become the next big fitness craze is unclear. Still, we applaud random acts of fitness in all forms here at The Stronger Blog, and there are some key lessons to be learned from Ben and his friend, the Nameless Dance Walk Guru Master:
- Fitness should be FUN
Getting fit doesn’t have to be a chore. Your workout can be something you look forward to. The trick is to find exercise that fits with your life, gives you the best chance to succeed and makes you feel good about yourself. Fitness should make your life more balanced, not less.
- Finding a “tribe” is motivating
Embarking on a fitness journey is much easier to do when you belong to a tribe of people who share your commitment. Working out with others not only makes the journey more fun, but it also provides the encouragement to keep you moving forward.
- The Fitness Life is everywhere
When your body is strong and ready for anything, there is no limit to the awesome things you can do when opportunity strikes. Variety is key to a finding your fitness happy place, and challenging yourself in new ways – from Dance Walking to surfing to running your first 5k – is a great way to take your regular fitness regimen to greater heights.
The workout you’ve been waiting for is out there. So the next time you see someone dancing down the street, we hope you’ll join him or her for a little cardio. After all, when the fitness life calls, it is your duty to answer.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.