How many of you vowed to exercise more for your New Year’s Resolution, but either didn’t stick to it or fell short your goals?
Below are some tips for changing up your exercise routine on a regular basis in order to stay motivated:
1. Stay positive: You can always find an excuse not to exercise. Instead, focus on the positive benefits you gain from exercise, including increased energy, better sleep, and getting in shape for summer.
2. Reward yourself: When you reach fitness milestones, consider buying yourself a new CD, going to a movie, or something else that will let you celebrate.
3. Change your routine: As seasons change, and the weather with it, vary your routine by using the treadmill when it is cold outside or playing tennis in the warmer months. If it is raining, resolve to do stretches, lift free weights and/or workout to an exercise video. This will not only help you accommodate the weather, but will also prevent workout burnout..
4. Integrate random intervals into your routine: Varying strenuous exercise with periods of rest has been known to burn more fat, build muscle, and improve metabolism. Alternating between lifting free weights and low impact aerobics would be an example of this workout style.
5. Learn new types of exercise: Learning a new skill while getting in shape stimulates you mentally and keeps you interested. Check your local college or gym to see if they offer yoga classes, kayaking, or something totally new that you would like to learn.
6. Engage in exercise that involves social interaction: Take an aerobics class or join a tennis team. Exercise that involves social engagement can alleviate boredom that comes with routine workouts while allowing you to meet and enjoy new people.
In conclusion, there are many ways to vary your everyday workout routine to allow you to overcome the urge to make excuses and instead, have fun reaching your exercise goals!
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