If your workout routine has gotten stale, now is the perfect time to think about switching things up. The kids will be going back to school soon, so you’ll have more time to devote to yourself and your health and fitness.
Why Should I Change My Workout Routine?
There are several reasons for changing up your routine. Avoiding boredom is a good reason to try new things. If you get bored with your workout routine, you are more likely to lose momentum and quit.
Or you may have reached a plateau, and are no longer seeing results. This can be discouraging, and again, you may end up quitting. Trying new exercises and changing your routine can get you past a plateau, and bring you even better results.
How Should I Change My Exercise Routine?
First, examine what you’re currently doing. Are you working out at home or in the gym? Are you primarily focusing on cardio, or are you lifting? What do you like about your current workout, and what are you unsatisfied with? Here is an example of a three-day-a-week workout routine to try:
Warm up with some jumping jacks, gentle lunges and squats. These are all effective exercises in and of themselves, and make a great mini-routine.
Push ups are a good body weight exercise that builds muscle and strengthens the shoulders, back and core.
Burpees are an intense, calorie blasting exercise that combines cardio and strength training together. Very effective exercise for anyone wanting to lose weight and increase overall fitness.
Mountain Climbers are also good for burning calories and building muscle and endurance.
Cool down with a 10 or 15 minute walk around the block. These exercises can be done either in the house or outside. No equipment required.
Do your usual gym routine, but add a new element. Learn how to use a machine that you have never used before, or try out some free weights. Incorporating weight training into your routine can give your weight loss and fat burning efforts a huge boost, because muscle burns more calories than fat.
Get your running shoes on and alternate between brisk walking and sprints. Sprinting is a great way to get your blood pumping and calories burning.
Should I Get A Personal Trainer?
If you are feeling stuck in your routine, or you are just starting out and don't know what to do, then a personal trainer can help. Ralph Roberts is a certified personal trainer with years of experience. He can create an individualized custom workout plan just for you. You can access this plan online or via an app. You can find Ralph at the Downtown Athletic Club.
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