Switching up your fitness does two things: it keeps you from getting bored and it encourages your muscles to work in new ways. If the thought of working out makes you yawn, or if you’re no longer seeing the fitness results you want, it’s time for you to refresh your workouts by making a change or two. Try one of these ideas today!
1. Play with Timing
Tend to workout in the evenings? Get yourself going first thing with a brisk walk and some simple resistance exercises at home before getting ready for work. Not only can morning light energize you, but you’ll already have your brain running and your body warm before you even begin your day. Always been a morning person? Sometimes a good workout after work can be just what you need to relieve stress.
2. Switch Up the Setting
You know what they say: location, location, location! If you’re sick of the same sights at the gym, take a long walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. Or it can be just as simple as changing the route you walk or run. Looking at new and different things can take your mind off the exercise, making it easier to complete a workout or inspiring you go longer. Check out a different public park or head to the local high school—many offer public access to the outdoor track and field.
3. Listen to New Tunes
Listening to music is one of the best ways to get pumped up and set the tone of your workout. Need proof? Watch Rocky’s jog around Philadelphia on mute. See what I mean? Sometimes a change of rhythm is all you need to refresh a tired workout.
4. Bring a Friend Along
Whether you want someone to keep you company or you like friendly competition, sometimes there is no greater motivator than a workout buddy! Start a walking lunch club with some colleagues, or bring your dog with your when you go for a jog. Invite your friends to a Fitbit Challenge and see who can rack up more steps. Create an exercise pact with a pal and use each other to stay accountable. Or find a workout partner in your spouse or significant other! I truly do believe in the expression that “those who sweat together stay together.”
5. Try a New Activity
Keep your body guessing! Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut doing the same old thing. Challenge your muscles and your brain by mixing it up! If you’re always a gym-after-work kind of person, try going for a jog outside instead. Bored of yoga? Try some pilates! Spinning class every Tuesday and Thursday getting a little old? Try a boot camp or a fusion class. If you’ve been doing the same old workout videos, download a couple new ones or check out FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga for dynamic, personalized routines. You get stronger by pushing outside of your comfort zone!
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.