September 24, 2018 1 min read

Sometimes, the real struggle isn’t the workout itself, but summoning the courage to try something new. 

To help an elderly client combat shuffling, I encourage her to practice marching.  Worried about looking silly, she quickly reverts to the status quo.  We’ll keep working.  Just a speed bump.  In fact, I completely understand.

Years ago, while on the treadmill, a professional athlete kindly suggested adding lateral and backward training to my runs.  Such an unconventional idea - running forward is normal.  The idea was shelved, but not forgotten.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

A few years later, I finally summoned the courage to give 360 degree training a chance, with great results.  Balanced muscle strength, increased agility, better endurance, and stronger knees are just some of the benefits.

Going backward and sideways on the treadmill, certainly draws attention.  Unusual?  Sure is.  But, with sweat dripping, muscles burning and lungs begging for air, that’s the furthest thing from my mind.

Is there an exercise you think looks silly?  Perhaps there’s equipment in the gym you’re too shy to use?  Maybe the thought of joining a gym or attending a new class makes you anxious?   New possibilities are right around the corner.  All you have to do is say yes.

Tanya Thompson is a Certified Personal Trainer who resides in Portland, Oregon.  She specializes in Functional Strength and Cardiovascular Fitness. She is also a Green Apple Ranger.

You may Contact Tanya for your Personal Training Needs at:

Elizabeth Whitley
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