8 Ways to Change up Your Normal Workout Routine
If you are not used to doing weighted exercise or if you've been focusing on cardio, it's time to make a change! Adding weight to your workout can help you develop defined muscles and will help you burn more fat. Win win. Below are some simple ways that you can add weight to your routine.
1.Kettle bell Swings
5.Wall Ball Squats
6.Dumbbell Lateral Raises
9.Dumbbell Toe Touches
I've had so many people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them I jump rope a lot now during my workout routines.
I want you all to understand that jumping rope is LEGIT.
I love it. Jumping rope helps tone muscles and it is a full body workout. It assists with getting your heart rate up and can be used in a HIIT routine. It helps with speed and agility and it is completely inexpensive. I think my jump rope was $2.00 and I have had it for almost 2 years.
Create a Workout Challenge
So post-July 4th this year I created a workout challenge that is bound to produce some serious results. I posted in on Instagram and sent it out in a couple of group chats and text messages. Getting other people involved with the challenge was very motivating. The catch is that no matter who participates in the challenge, you still have to push through and complete it. I can't wait to get to the last week of the challenge; I will definitely be different mentally and physically.
Buy a bunch of Popsicle sticks and write the name of different exercises on one side of the stick and a number next to each exercise. Mix it up by adding both cardio and strength body weight exercises to the bundle.
Once you have maybe 50 of these, place them in a cup with the exercise name end down in the cup (so you can't pick and choose).
Set the timer for 30-45 minutes and start pulling out Popsicle sticks, completing each exercise until the timer runs out.
I've never done this before but it sounds like fun and I may incorporate this once my challenge is over.
Run a Timed Race
One of the best ways to push yourself to train for a race is to sign up for it well in advance. If you sign up for an October race in June or July, you can now place yourself on a training schedule, pushing yourself to run more so that you can cross the finish line with ease once race day arrives.
I now try to run one 10k and one half marathon every year. This year was my 2nd 10k and will be my 3rd half marathon. Knowing these races are on the calendar keeps me in check and keeps me running all year long.
Sign up for a Class
These are usually workouts that last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
I've been to a few pop up workouts (cycling, HIIT, boxing, cross fit, running, etc.) and they are so worth it when you are getting a little bored of your workout routine. Boredom sometimes means you are about to fall off track, and we don't want all of your hard work to go to waste.
Sign Up for a Sports League
Did you play a sport when you were younger or maybe you didn’t?
The cool thing about adulthood is...no one really cares when it comes to a fun sports league. People are just out there to fellowship, have fun, and meet new people. Plus, they get to enjoy a nice workout. It sounds like the best of both worlds.
Some cool sports league that I'm interested in trying include kickball, flag football, doubles tennis, soccer, and volleyball.
I'm pretty sure I'm no longer good at any of these sports, but at least I would get a good workout trying.
Abs in the Morning and Squats at Night
How ever many of these you choose to do is up to you, but try doing some form of a quick 5 min ab workout in the morning and a quick 5 min squat routine at night. Do this for about 6 to 8 weeks and you'll see a huge HUGE change in some of your muscle definition.
Now...you are going to be sore for a very long time but sore is good; it's a sign that you are working out areas of your body that you do not normally work out on a daily basis.
Work through the soreness by stretching and not giving up!
The payout is huge; don't forget :-)