Workout Spring Cleaning
Updated: May 4
Spring is the time to clean and refresh. This doesn't have to be limited to our household closets. At times, even the most motivated exercisers can feel stagnant in their routines. Here are some ideas on how to add variety to your workout regime.
Try a new class
Group fitness classes have recently gained a new level of popularity. Instructors are selected for being knowledgeable, fun, and motivating! You can choose from cycle, dance, step, TRX and more.
Take your workout outdoors
Escape the stuffiness and smells of the gym and breathe that fresh spring air! Parks, trails, and nature preserves are great places to get moving.
Bring a friend
Great satisfaction comes from sharing with others. Plus, you never know what you might spark in someone else. Having an accountabili-buddy can make your workouts more fun and keep you on course.
Take your dog for a hike
Speaking of great companions, your dog is the best you can find. You will get exercise and your dog will be grateful for the adventure. Dogs tend to lose the strength in their back legs as they age so taking them on a hike will greatly improve their quality of life.
There's something to be said about steady-state cardio. Put on some tunes or a podcast and zone out. Yet, there are a lot of benefits to high-intensity interval training. HIIT workouts stimulate EPOC, a physiological effect called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. You can think of this as oxygen debt. This is the amount of oxygen required to restore you body to normal resting level. In short, EPOC means you will burn calories long after you finish your workout.
Incorporate New Equipment
Try integrating different equipment into your regime. Ropes, resistance bands, kettlebells, stability balls, medicines balls, pilates balls, boxes, BOSU, or TRX! Not sure how to use a piece of equipment? Ask the trainer at the gym. They'll be happy to help!
If you aren't sure how to progress or change up your fitness routine, hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get new ideas. Even experienced exercisers hire trainers to keep them on track and break through training plateaus. For more information on finding the right personal trainer, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.