For many, it wouldn’t feel like January without a New Year’s resolution. And that usually means aspiring to exercise more. A 2020 survey found that, of the nearly 30% of respondents who said they were making New Year’s resolutions, half said their top resolution was to exercise.
If, after a couple of lackluster workouts, you’re wondering whether there’s an athlete in you, after all, it may be time to reconsider how you’re working out. Some of us simply aren’t meant to be a gym rat, and that’s perfectly fine. There are lots of different ways to break a sweat. All you need to do is find one that engages you. When that happens, it won’t feel like a chore anymore.
To help you on that quest, here are a few of our favorite unconventional workouts from around the Delaware River Towns.
Intimidated by thought of throwing on a pair of boxing gloves? Don’t be. Rock Steady Boxing Bucks County, in New Hope, caters to nurturing curious people of all ages and abilities, especially those with Parkinson’s disease. Its coaches are also physical therapists. “We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s can enhance their daily quality of life and build impressive power, strength, flexibility, and speed,” a statement reads on Rock Steady’s website. As a safeguard against COVID, group classes follow social distancing. One-on-one coaching is also available.
Yes, the river is freezing over as you read this. But spring will come. (Feel free to use that as your daily mantra.) And when it does, the Swan Creek Rowing Club, in Lambertville, is going to be buzzing with activity. The club was formed 30 years ago with the humble aim of converting interested locals into enthusiastic rowers. Today, its “Learn to Row” program – which is available for teens and adults – is being steered by accomplished rowers and graduates of the program. All you need to do is show up with a smile and a positive attitude. They will literally teach you everything, right down to how to safely climb in and out of the boat.
If your mind starts wandering the instant you think about doing four sets of 12 reps of anything, CrossFit may be a good fit for you. Most workouts combine cardio and strength training and, in turn, demand your full attention. If that sounds like diving into the deep end, know that those workouts are also designed to be scaled to your ability. Because most who enter a box – the name for a CrossFit gym – like CrossFit Jolt, in Lambertville, for the first time tend to be new to the experience, they’re generally supportive, communal environments. That’s a blessing for those of us who have trouble sustaining momentum on our own.
Ever stare in awe from one of the observatories at Ralph Stover State Park at the climbers scaling the cliff face below? That could be you this summer with a little practice. And the place to get that practice is the Doylestown Rock Gym, in Doylestown. Classes are available for every age and ability level – recruit the whole family. To get a feel for it, show up during one of the gym’s daily open sessions and practice without any equipment. (There are thick mats everywhere to cushion your fall.) Chances are, you’ll reconnect with your seven-year-old self and want more.