Exercise is one of the most enjoyable things you can do during the course of your day. Not only will you feel healthier and look better, but you will also feel accomplished from it. However, exercise can become mundane and boring, especially if you constantly do the same exercises. Over time your body naturally gets accustomed to the exercises you are doing. This can lead to you burning fewer calories over time. If you feel like your exercise plan is feeling too boring for you, here are some ways to spice up your exercise routine.
Getting your heart rate up and maintaining it at a consistent rate isn’t easy. This is where High-Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT) can help. HIIT is a fitness regimen based on burning the most calories in the shortest amount of time. Entire routines last around 15 minutes and consist of fast-paced workouts with minimum rest in between. HIIT can be great if you are short on time yet still want to feel the full effects of a workout. HIIT often doesn’t require any exercise equipment so you can do these workouts from the comfort of your own backyard. HIIT workouts are an effective way to add some variety to your workout while also getting a good sweat.
Exercise can be challenging, intense, and unforgiving. One way to work around this is group exercise. Whether it is with a full spin class or just your roommate, exercising in groups is a great way to burn calories and spend time with friends/family! It is also a great tool for keeping yourself accountable since you will have people around you to help motivate you.
What better way to stay safe while also getting a sweat than doing some in-home workouts. In the age of COVID-19, in-home workouts have exploded in popularity due to gym closures across the nation. While your home won’t rival state of the art gym equipment, it does provide the safety and privacy that many desires when working out. Explore your neighborhood to see if there are trails or pathways around where you live. (Shouldn’t this line go in the paragraph below?)
There is something to be said about working out in nature. While it isn’t anything new, exercising outdoors has grown more and more popular due to the pandemic. Just going for a jog on the beach or a walk in the park can help put your mind at ease and provide that change of pace you desire. Outdoor exercise can be a great activity with a friend too!
Listening to music while working out is a go-to for almost everyone. Most people have a designated playlist to listen to during their work out, but as is the case with all music, it gets repetitive when you play the same songs over and over. Try changing up your playlist with new music and genres to keep the music engaging. To keep the workout pace up, match it with high tempo music to keep the energy up.
Working out doesn’t have to be the same thing every time. Change up your exercise routine to prevent boredom, and you may find your new favorite routine to follow.