I have been doing pretty much the same workout on the same pieces of equipment down in the basement torture chamber for the past half dozen years and I stopped seeing any progression in strength or stamina years ago. I've sort of accepted this as an indication that this is as good as I will get, and I keep working out just to maintain my fitness level, not to win the Olympics.
Yesterday, though, the sun came out. Not normally a notable event around these parts, which is definitely the driest and sunniest place I have ever lived, but after nearly a fortnight of bleak heavy snow clouds, the sight of that glowing orb gleaming brilliantly down upon the snow banks gave everyone a much needed boost of feel-good vitamin. I did not want to descend to the windowless basement for my maintenance sweat.
So instead I traipsed up and down the stairs for 45 minutes, stopping periodically for some rapid on the spot marching, complete with major arm pumping.
Today I can feel some muscle stiffness in a completely different part of my quadriceps than normally gets exercised. I am not going to make a habit of this stair-climbing business but I am going to try to mix things up a bit more often.
What habit do you think you should shake up a bit?