Mix it up!

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AAs I read the sto­ries of all our SHAPE Fit Girl fi­nal­ists, one com­mon thread re­ally stood out for me; most of them do a va­ri­ety of work­outs in any given week. One par­tic­i­pant, for ex­am­ple, does HIIT train­ing, re­sis­tance train­ing and dragon boating weekly, while an­other swims, cy­cles, runs, and throws in strength and con­di­tion­ing ex­er­cises into her rou­tine. Do­ing a va­ri­ety of ex­er­cises is what I find keeps me at it, too. I do func­tional train­ing three times a week with strength work mixed in, some ba­sic yoga and oc­ca­sion­ally a few body­weight moves at home, and I hike on most week­ends. I love it be­cause it keeps me ex­cited. And I work all the dif­fer­ent parts of my body while im­prov­ing on my car­dio and strength. Most of all, I like how each ex­er­cise helps me to be­come bet­ter at the other. The func­tional train­ing and strength work at the gym trains me for hikes, es­pe­cially when I have to carry my own body weight (plus a 5kg back­pack) and work those thigh and glute mus­cles climb­ing high steps. The yoga helps me stretch out those sore mus­cles I get from the gym work, and hik­ing helps to build my car­dio fit­ness. All three, but es­pe­cially the yoga and hik­ing, help me find calm while reliev­ing stress when the world around me (es­pe­cially work) is run­ning riot. As one of our fi­nal­ists said “I love mix­ing things up to keep my mus­cles guess­ing” - that is prob­a­bly what it takes to keep get­ting bet­ter at this thing called ex­er­cise. Seema Viswanathan, Edi­tor-in-Chief seema@bluinc.com.my

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