Doing the same old routine every day can become boring. Moreover, after some time, continuously following the same routine becomes less efficient as the body starts to get used to the workout. Therefore, it is vital that you keep changing a few things in your fitness program. This will keep you on your feet while also providing practical results. Here are ten things that you can change in your training program.
- Mix up different workouts:
This is the best thing that you can do because this will keep you interested in the workout. Try out various kinds of workouts and exercise different muscle groups so that you have fun while working out. If you usually go for the elliptical machine, it is time you board the stair climber and do some cardio. Similarly, during strength training, keep switching between free weights and machines.
- Track your performance:
You can either use an app or; you can keep a journal to keep track of your progress. This includes recording the time for which you walk or run or the number of calories that you burn each day.
- Take the stairs often:
This is a simple thing to do and will benefit you in the long run. Instead of using the elevators for going only a few floors up or down, use the stairs. However, in the case where you have to go down or up a longer distance, like twenty floors, then you can use the stairs for the first few floors, and then the elevators for the other floors. To motivate yourself to take the stairs think about how this little bit of exercise will produce a positive result on your health in the long run.
- Go for quick spurts:
According to a recent study, people that performed around six sprints, each of 30 seconds, experiences the same health benefits as those people that did a moderate workout for around an hour. There are two different ways with which you can get your heart beating faster; sprint from your door to the mailbox and back from it three times or use a skipping rope only for three minutes.
- Keep looking at yourself during exercise:
Have a mirror in your training room. According to research, people that continuously look at themselves during the workout, exercise at a faster rate and also experience less effort. In fact, by looking at yourself, a new routine feels easier to perform.
- Listen to upbeat music:
While working out, put on some upbeat and fast music. This gives you a boost of energy, and according to a study, because of upbeat music, you might just exercise for a while longer.
- Vary the intensity:
Target a shorter distance, incorporate interval training, or do a high-intensity exercise. For example, if you usually run long distances, then you can swap this for sets of 30-second sprints on alternate days.
- Determine a goal:
If you don’t have any goal yet, then it is time to pick out one. It can even be something as simple as perfecting a difficult yoga pose. When you have a goal in mind, you tend to be more focused.
- Reduce the reps and add weight:
During strength training, try out at least three sets of 8-12 reps. When you feel that this task has become easier, then you can add around a 10% increase in the weight. Then perform the maximum number of reps you can.
Becoming absolutely fit is a gradual process, so even an inch decrease is something to celebrate. This keeps you motivated.