If you've hit a plateau in your fitness routine and are beginning to lose your workout motivation, it may be time to throw a new twist into your exercises. One of the main reasons people hit a stagnant weight is that they don’t change up their workout routine for months on end. If you continuously do the same exercises, your body gets used to them and starts to consume less energy. Not to mention doing the elliptical and the same abdominal workouts every day gets extremely repetitive and boring. Working out should be a fun challenge for your body, and the more you enjoy it the more likely you are to keep working out.
If you don’t know what you should do to mix up your physical activity, here are some ideas to get you started.
Instead of cycling, try spinning. Spinning is a great way to burn a ton of calories without putting too much pressure on your joints. Being able to cycle in a motivating class atmosphere is a good swap if you need a break from the quieter world of cycling. Learn more here.
Instead of weight machines, try TRX. Designed by a Navy SEAL, the TRX Suspension Trainer uses your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises that increase endurance, improve muscle coordination and increase strength all in a short high-intensity workout. Click here to check it out, or watch this beginner's intro to TRX below:
Instead of walking, try hiking. Hiking is one of those workouts where you can’t even tell you are burning calories because it’s such blast. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! Try carrying hand weights or ankle weights for an extra challenge. See more here.
Instead of cardio machines, try jumping rope. Remember jumping rope as a kid? It seemed like you could double-dutch for hours without even giving it a second thought, so why not bring the fun back to your workout? While you may need to enlist some friends to recreate the double-dutch, you can still have fun skipping solo. Jumping rope is as effective as jogging and is a great way to get your heart pumping. Here are some other awesome cardio workouts.
Instead of yoga, try Barre. Using a combination of exercises from yoga and ballet, Barre is a great cardio and strength workout that torches a ton of calories. Learn more here or jump right in with our Hit the Barre video below:
By putting a little variation into your workouts, you can achieve your fitness goals without your routine feeling like a snore-fest. So get up, get out of that rut, and get moving!