Flip the Switch

Kelly Kalbfleisch, NPTI Certified Personal Trainer
Manager of CoachMeFit Ann Arbor

We all get bored with our workout routine once in awhile.  A lot of people don’t switch it up because they aren’t sure what other options they have.  Listed below is a way to “Flip the switch on routine boredom”.

“I have to honest with you, there are days when I’m getting ready for the gym and I’m just not feeling it at all.  This happened the other day, and not a single cell in my body wanted to be surrounded by the same old cardio machines and weights.  So I asked myself, “what would make me happy?”  I love Zumba.  So instead of dragging myself halfheartedly through my regular workout, I popped in a Zumba DVD and danced my heart out.  Not only did I have a blast, but I was dripping with sweat afterwards and burned almost 600 calories!

All too often, we get caught up in the same old routine.  When our excitement for a workout goes down, so does the intensity- that’s when results come to a screeching halt.  For a well-rounded physique and to keep things fresh, incorporate what makes you happy into your workout.”

If you always:

1. Run 5K on the Treadmill:

Hit the park or pavement for some outdoor interval training.  Use landmarks such as streetlights, trees or hills as markers for your sprints.

2. Strength train, then do cardio:

Combine the two with a heart-pounding plyometric routine!  You don’t need anything but an open space and a lot of energy to do burpees, pop squats, mountain climbers or jumping jacks.

3.  Kill an hour on the bike:

Take a spin class!  The intervals and motivating instructor will help you burn way more calories – no distracting TVs!

4.  Do the same ol’ weight routine:

Make a circuit using your favorite moves to elevate your heart rate and save tons of time.

Article by: Miryah Scott-Oxygen Magazine

 

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