Trying to get in shape? Try something a little different

The new year is finally upon us! Any shortcomings of years past quickly fade as we vow to make this year our best ever. And if you’re like most, this includes heading to the gym to get back into shape. While this is an effective approach, it’s important to keep your options open, especially when it comes to long-term success. Mixing in activities that are fun and physically challenging can be refreshing and will be more likely to keep you consistent throughout the year.

Besides, there are many options here in our great state. Whether you’re looking for a little winter adventure or prefer to stay indoors, here are four popular choices to help kick start your year!

LET IT SNOW: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to take in the outdoors in the winter and provide a challenging workout. You can burn as much as 1,000 calories per hour!

There is no shortage of options when it comes to finding some epic snow. Idaho offers a Park ‘n’ Ski program to 16 nordic areas throughout the state with more than 180 miles of trails. (Visit for other ideas about where to go.)

KICK THOSE WINTER BLUES: Not a fan of the snow? Consider joining an indoor soccer league. Soccer is a fast and furious sport that is fun and will help improve your speed, agility, power and cardiovascular endurance.

Plus, the Treasure Valley has two indoor soccer centers to choose from, with leagues for all skill levels. So if you’re looking for an intense workout and have a competitive side, indoor soccer will not disappoint!

GET YOUR LATIN GROOVE ON: Zumba has taken the fitness industry by storm. Primarily a cardiovascular workout, Zumba is inspired by Latin rhythms and combines a variety of movements including salsa, meringue, hip hop, belly dancing and more. All in all, Zumba provides a great workout and is the perfect way to shake things up.

INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: is great for improving endurance, total body strength, and a fun way to add some adventure to your routine. Boise has two gyms dedicated exclusively to rock climbing. The YMCA also offers several climbing walls.

Jason Wanlass, the owner of Monster Personal Training & Athletic Conditioning in Meridian, has more than 15 years experience in the fitness industry. Contact him at or