Sometimes, we stick to the same workouts -- even though they're boring -- just because they are familiar. The new year is the perfect time to bust out of your exercise rut and get super-enthused about fitness. Not only will you have more fun when you sweat, but you'll also actually get results that boring exercise will never help you achieve. Here are the most effective ways to bump up your workout routine.
Take a new class
Your mind and body quickly adapt to the same
workout, and your muscles become efficient at doing
the same exercise. That means you won't increase
your fitness level until you do a more challenging spin
class or you do a new workout. Try cross-training;
take a boot camp or body pump class, or go for a run.
Wear a heart rate monitor
You're likely to exercise harder when you know how
high your heart rate should be for optimal fitness and
calorie-burning results. Paying attention to your heart
rate can motivate you to boost the intensity of your cardio or circuit-style workouts.
Add strength training
You might think lifting will bulk you up, but instead, it will make you stronger, sculpt your muscles and help you work out harder. You don't have to spend hours in the weight room to get results.
Sign up with a personal trainer
If stepping outside your fitness comfort zone is intimidating, meet with a personal trainer who can
help you set new fitness goals and design workouts to achieve them. A professional can show you
how to use equipment properly, perform exercises, change up your routine and track your
progress. Having appointments scheduled with a personal trainer also keeps you accountable to your workouts so you are less likely to miss them.
Take a break
If you're working out hard every day yet seeing no results and feeling burned out, take a break. Schedule one or two recovery days every week to give your mind, muscles and joints the opportunity to rest and rebuild. Recovery days are essential to getting the results you desire, thwarting burnout and avoiding injury.
Source: “Bump up your Workout Routine” by Michele Borboa
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