If your fitness goals are to shed pounds and keep them off, but you find yourself hitting a plateau, try these fun ways to change up your workout.
Already using the elliptical?
Try doing a cross-training combo. Divide your regular workout minutes into three sections, and divide that time among the stair-stepper, elliptical, treadmill, recumbent or rowing machines. No two machines work your muscles in the same way, so it’s a good way to constantly surprise your body.
Already doing crunches?
Try doing medicine + stability ball crunches. Sit in the middle of the stability ball holding a medicine ball. Walk your feet forward and lay back on the ball. Hold the medicine ball straight up over your head as you slowly curl your body upward, lifting your shoulders off the ball. Pause at the top of the movement and return to starting position. The stability ball places the spine in a neutral position, which forces the muscles in the core to work a little harder than if you were doing crunches on a mat.
Already doing lunges?
Try doing walking lunges with rotation. Start with your feet hip-width apart, holding a light dumbbell in front of you with both arms extended the whole time. Step about three feet forward with your right foot and bend knees into a ninety-degree lunge. While bending, rotate your torso and dumbbell to the right, then left, then return to center and stand. Repeat starting with left leg and alternate for recommended reps.