Five new ways to mix it up
1. Switch Up Your Routine
Your body needs variety in order to keep improving. Try a new class (say, kickboxing or conditioning), a different machine (stair stepper instead of elliptical) or adding a stability ball to your ab workout. “The change will shock your body and force your muscles to adapt, resulting in more calories burnt,” says NASM-certified trainer Rafael Torres.
2. Try Classes
Group exercise forces you to push a little harder or stretch a little further. Experiment with classes you’ve never previously considered – a power yoga or spinning session could change your entire approach to exercise.
3. Pump Some Iron
Muscle burns more calories than fat, so make strength training a bigger part of your weekly routine. Choose different days to hit each muscle. Try Monday: back, arms; Wednesday: shoulders, abs; Friday: legs, chest. Keep the weight light, the reps high and the pace quick.
4. Add Intervals
Interval training – short bursts of intense effort during moderate stretches – burns fat and improves fitness quicker than constant but moderately intense 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 minutes moderate.
5. 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.