A friend of mine asked me to write a post on adding variety to workouts. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, bored, complacent, and eventually quit an exercise program because it’s seeming too arduous. When I train clients in the gym, I make sure to add variety to the workouts. Some even prefer to switch cardio machines every 10 minutes … and that’s OK!
It’s important to try many different exercises and figure out what you enjoy the most (while also having an effective burn/strength training session). Try different cario machines (treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper, rowing machine, etc, etc, etc). Do bursts of 10 minutes or 100 calories at a time and then switch. Also, try different weight training techniques. I prefer free weights, but a lot of women prefer nautilus machines- and that’s great too!
Recently, there is a Zumba craze. P90X was big last summer, pilates, kick boxing, and yoga continue to be popular. I encourage a lot of my ladies to try group classes on days that they do not meet with me. Some of them really enjoy the group atmosphere, and others don’t. But don’t give up before you try them! Whatever will get you into the gym is your ticket to better health. If you are crunched for time or money – rent a workout DVD from the library. I personally like any and every Jillian Michaels workout DVD. In the winter, when the weather is bad, I even do stair workouts and build obstacle courses around my house just to add some variety 🙂
Please don’t let boredom with exercising be your excuse not to maintain a healthy lifestyle! If you need some more fun exercise ideas, send me an e-mail! Best wishes on your road to better health!