Spice Up Your Exercise Program
Exercise is a great way to stay in shape. But, after a few months you might be getting bored with your workout routine. Here are a few ways that you can spice up that program and also see new and improved results.
Many exercise gurus recommend sticking with an exercise program for three months at a stretch. This doesn’t mean that after three months you can quit. Now, it’s time to change things up a bit.
Usually it takes that long for your body to get used to the routine you are doing. Another way to tell is if you hardly break a sweat even after going at it hard. Also, when you hit that plateau, it’s time for a new way of thinking.
What were you doing before for exercise? If it was jumping rope or walking on the treadmill, add a new component to your workout. Combine your earlier workout with elliptical training or weight training, or hop in the pool and swim a few laps. After the pool, use the treadmill to cool down a bit and stretch those muscles.
How about working out with a friend? Having someone new in the mix can take your program to the next level. A friend is like a friendly competitor. They inspire you to work harder and stick to it. Also, there are exercise routines that work better with two people (throwing the medicine ball, spotting when working on weights).
If you are a member of a gym or have a friend who is the member of a gym, go as a guest and take a class. Most gyms have a variety of classes from spinning to aerobics, to kickboxing to dance classes. It is both heart pumping and fun to be in a group for once instead of by yourself.
If you are looking for a way to jumpstart your results again, try cross training. If you are used to working out to exercise videos in your living room, how about riding your bike for a change? Your legs may be used to squats and kicks but pedaling uphill is a whole different story. This creates muscle confusion and makes them work harder to compensate. You build more muscle quicker that way.
For the runner, this could mean taking to the pool and swimming for a while. You are challenging the same muscles in new ways and new muscles altogether when you cross train. Along the same lines, consider joining a local sports league to get some exercise and a social break as well.
When you are no longer thrilled with your exercise program, you are less likely to stick to it. Also, your body won’t respond the same any more. Use the above suggestions for ways to throw a new twist into your workout.