Bored With Your Workout? 4 Ways To Change Up Your Exercise Routine
It can be challenging to keep your workout routine interesting. If you’re doing a lot of the same exercises day in and day out, there are some days that a workout can feel a lot like work! It’s a catch-22 because exercise is only effective if you do it consistently. But there can be some days when you just don’t feel like dragging yourself through the same motions.
Thankfully, there are many ways to make your exercise routine a bit more interesting. Here are four ways you can shake up your workout once in a while:
1. Try Video Workouts
Break up the monotony by logging onto YouTube and following along with an exercise video. There are millions of them available for free, just choose one and follow along with the recommendations.
If you miss taking workout classes with a group, you can opt for videos with three or more people. You can mix it up and keep it interesting by following a different instructor every day or trying a completely different workout style. There are videos for dance, yoga, HIIT, Tabata, and more.
2. Sign Up For Virtual Challenges
With most of the world still in lockdown, exercise events have gone virtual. Spark your motivation by joining a virtual challenge. You can choose one within your community or seek out a worldwide challenge for your favorite activity. You are free to complete the challenge at your own pace. You can invite a friend or family member to join the challenge with you to make it more engaging and fun.
Fitbit Adventures, Charity Miles, The Conqueror Virtual Challenges, and the Run Around the World: Camaraderie Challenge are just a few examples of challenges that you can share with people all over the world as you all try to keep fit and healthy at home.
3. Play Games
You can turn your workout into a game by downloading apps like Teemo, where you can choose an adventure (scaling Mount Everest, crossing the Sahara, and more), and then you’re given specific workouts to get you through the journey.
If you’re a runner, Zombies, Run! is the game app for you. There’s an overall plot about a zombie apocalypse, and as you run, you will be given prompts to run as fast as possible to survive. Randomly being told to sprint for your life will make your daily jog a whole lot more interesting.
In a similar vein, you can also turn to childhood games for your regular cardio. Jumping rope is a very popular exercise nowadays, and if you have kids, a game of hide and seek or kickball can get your heart pumping.
4. Exercise Outdoors
A simple outdoor jog or hike once a week can rid you of your exercise doldrums. Of course, it’s important to follow local health and safety protocols no matter where you go. But a hit of sunlight and fresh air will only do you good. If you’ve been exercising outdoors all along, change up your routes and try more challenging terrain to keep yourself engaged.
Keeping up a consistent exercise routine is essential to your overall physical and mental health. However, consistency doesn’t mean you have to do the same things over and over again. There are many ways to keep your workout routine more exciting, so you aren’t doing it halfheartedly. It may just be a matter of turning it into a game, going outdoors, or taking up a virtual challenge—the limit is only your imagination!
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