Do You Need An Exercise Makeover?

If you’re getting bored doing the same exercises over and over again, you risk losing your drive – and giving up on your workouts altogether. The best way out of your slump may be to add variety to your program.

I’m a creature of habit. When it comes to exercise, I’m quite content to jump on a treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes. I like the structure and comfort that comes from having a set routine. That said, I know that lots of people need more variety to keep boredom from setting in. If that sounds like you, here are a few ideas to help keep things fresh and interesting.If your exercise of choice is outdoor walking, running, jogging, or cycling, try changing your route. If you’re a gym rat, alternate between the elliptical, treadmill, StairMaster and stationary bike for your cardio workouts. It may not seem like a big change, but sometimes a new cardio rhythm is all it takes. When it comes to strength training, learn to use as many machines as possible so you can vary your routine often. Also, try mixing in free weights, along with balance and flexibility exercises. If group classes are your thing, pick up a schedule at your gym and experiment with a new class every week or so. If you like to exercise at home, invest in a couple of new exercise DVDs or see if your cable company offers on-demand exercise programs. (Many libraries also offer a diverse selection of fitness DVDs for loan.) Whatever your preference, changing up your routine can reinvigorate an otherwise mundane program and give you more incentive to continue working on your fitness.


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