If your fitness goals are to improve your health, tone up and just generally feel better, but you are stuck in a rut at the gym, try these easy ways to shake things up.
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 good to keep your body guessing by varying your cardio routine.
Already doing planks?
Try doing the stability ball plank. The plank is rated one of the top ten ab exercises by the American Council on Exercise, and by adding a stability ball, you’re challenging your core muscles to work a little harder to keep you balanced. Get into plank position by supporting your weight with your chest and forearms on the ball and your toes on the floor. Lift your chest and upper body off the ball using your forearms. Keep abs contracted and back straight and hold the position.
Already doing lunges?
Try doing weighted lunges on a BOSU. Start with your legs together and arms by your sides with a dumbbell in each hand. Place your right foot on the center of a BOSU balance trainer (dome side up) and lunge down holding your core tight. Complete recommended repetitions and then alternate legs. The BOSU helps you build strength while increasing coordination and balance.