How fresh is your workout routine? If you find yourself responding to emails while on the treadmill, yawning during your weight-lifting reps or knowing every single word to every song on your workout playlist, it may be time to change up that workout.
After doing the same workout for a while, your body gets used to the movements and motions, slowing your progress and decreasing the impact the exercise has on your muscles. To make the most of your time, try changing up your normal running routine with these fun, strength-building tips!
Adding intervals to your runs not only changes things up but can even be more efficient. Rather than jogging for a straight hour, inserting intervals burns the same calories in less time. This can be done via incline changes on the treadmill, choosing a hilly running route or adding speed changes to your workout (20 second sprint, 40 second rest, or whatever is best for you).
Use a New Medium
Try using something totally new, like stadium stairs, to spice up your workout. Traveling up the stairs is your sprint while recovery takes place on your way down. Just be careful with your form here; this could be a tough fall!
Surround Yourself Differently
Used to running through your neighborhood? Find a great backwoods trail to encircle yourself with trees and peace. Switching up your routine location can make all the difference. If that isn’t your favorite option, even enveloping your mind with new music can do the trick!
Make it Social
Many towns and cities offer running clubs to get you motivated and keep things social. Find one of these groups online or start one with your friends! From there, you can try inserting Indian sprints into your run, where friends jog in a line and the person in the back sprints to the front. Once the sprinter gets to the front, the next person goes! Cheering each other on makes these runs even more fun.
Add in Some Heavy Lifting
Changing up your typical run by adding in some lifting and weights gives you a great workout while spicing up your routine. Try doing 20 jumping jacks every mile, adding some squats in every ten minutes, or doing a nice 30-second plank when you find you’re losing your breath.
Try Something Totally New!
Who says working out has to be a run? Try spinning, swimming, biking, or any of your other favorite exercises for a fun change-up. If you’re up for a lifting challenge, try this 20-minute weight room workout that’s sure to get your heart pumping.
How do you keep your workout from becoming stagnant? We’d love to hear your ideas!
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