14 New Workout Ideas That Will Make You Love Exercise

by Leslie Goldman

If you do the same workout day after day, even the most inspiring practice or scenic run can start to feel stale. Not only that, your body becomes conditioned to the movement, resulting in diminished returns in strength, balance, and endurance. With that in mind, we asked experts across a variety of physical disciplines for their favorite exercise add-ons or creative stand-alone workouts...

Stand on One Foot

“When you stand on one leg and feel that wobble, you are gathering information coming into your feet—neural impulses traveling to your spinal cord and brain and then a volley of neural impulses coming back into your muscles to tell them how, when and where to contract. It’s called proprioception, and it’s your body’s sense of where it is in space, designed to keep you from falling over. Proprioception is vital to how your nerves interact with your muscles and it happens in a fraction of a second! I work on mine every morning by doing balance exercises when I brush my teeth. My electronic toothbrush goes for two minutes, so I balance for one minute on one leg and one minute on the other.” –Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, RYT, Chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine De-partment at Touro University California in Vallejo, CA, and a registered yoga teacher

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