I've been actively working out and competing in everything from Powerlifting to Track & Field for 25 years now. Wow, where does the time go! People ask me all the time, "How do you stay motivated to stick with it? Don't you get bored?" My answer is always NO! I love putting myself out there and always trying to see just what this human body can do. That being said, I have also found that for me it's very important to look for new fun, interesting and challenging events to try. "Variety is the spice of life!"
I know we all have a favorite activity whether it be running, cycling, lifting, etc. but I truly think it does the body and the mind good to try new activities. It not only helps to keep ya mentally sharp but cross training can also help you avoid over training injuries. I am a firm believer in the benefits of x-training expecially as we get older.
Don't be afraid to try something new, you just might like it. If you're a runner, trying cycling, swimming, paddling or adventure racing. If you're a powerlifter try a strongman competition or Highland game. If you do cardio, try a strength event and vise versa. Don't focus on winning just on having fun. It's all about the 'fun factor!'
A couple weeks ago I decided to have my own challenging but fun event, The Gut Check Challenge. It's one part Boot Camp, one part Strongman and one part cardio craziness. It consisted of suicides, burpees, tire flipping, truck pulling and carrying stones out of a canyon. Good stuff and a great time was had by all! You can check out the action here -
As an UltraRunner, Strongman Competitor and Guinness World Record Holder, I don't believe in following fitness trends, I'd rather set them. I believe that we can be strong, that we can run long and absolutely can do ANYTHING that we set our minds too.