Five new ways to mix it up
1. Add Intervals
Interval training – short bursts of intense effort during moderate stretches – burns fat and improves fitness quicker than constant but moderately intensive physical activity, according to research from the University of Guelph. Try this: Break a twenty-minute run into five four-minute sessions of one minute hard, three minute moderate.
2. Work Out With A Partner
Find a partner of slightly varying ability level for extra motivation. You can do each other’s workouts or challenge each other to a bike or treadmill competition.
3. Pick Up The Pace
Lift weights like you would run a race: ease into the set slowly, pick up steam and finish strong.
4. Try Classes
Want to show off your true competitive spirit? Join a group fitness class and try to be the best one in the room.
Two one-hour workouts per week of this no-impact discipline targets every muscle and has been known to work wonders for everyone from distance runners to NFL players.