What are some ways to jazz up my exercise routine?

To jazz up your exercise routine and bring life back to your fitness program, a little imagination and risk-taking can lead to a much healthier and more enjoyable exercise experience. There’s no rule that says workouts can’t be fun. Here are some ways to do it:
  • Dance! Chances are your club offers some type of fitness dance class. Zumba is the big player in this category. Created in Brazil, Zumba is a high-energy, booty-shaking, fast-paced group exercise class that can burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per hour.
  • Try group training. Even if dancing isn’t appealing to you, other types of group classes are abundant in most health clubs.
  • Slap on a wearable. The gamification of exercise is a fun and exciting way to breathe new life into the club experience, and all it takes is a heart rate monitor or other wearable fitness device. Fitness wearables are so common that entire gym chains sometimes utilize them to create their core programs.
  • Buddy up. Evidence shows that having a workout partner can be an easy way to stay on track with your fitness program.
  • Do intervals. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has become a key exercise style that’s the foundation of numerous popular fitness movements.
  • Hire a Trainer. A personal trainer can be the best investment you can make for your health and fitness.
  • Download a fitness app. Technology can be a distraction, but it can also be a boost for adding variety to your workout efforts. As with wearables, some apps can add a gamification aspect to your routine, give you fun, new workouts to try, or bring you into a social group that can share tips and experiences to broaden your training knowledge.
  • Train for an event. Fitness should be a lifestyle not a short-term affair, but sometimes you can boost your exercise program by setting a target for a specific event.
  • Change your workout -- every time. This is simple but surprisingly stimulating: try one new thing every time you work out at your health club. Jump on a machine you’ve never used before, or reverse the order of exercises you may usually do for a particular body part.
  • Try a new outdoor activity. There are tons of outdoor activities to choose from. A growing fitness recreation you may want to try is stand up paddleboarding (SUP). SUP is a fast-growing, low impact sport that almost everyone can enjoy, and you don’t need an ocean to paddle your way to fitness. 

Exercise should not be considered work, boring or an inconvenience. Exercise should be fun and enriching; there are several ways to be sure that it is:

  • Make it playful, like participating in a sport or a game such as recreational softball, basketball or soccer. Help your children increase activity by playing catch or other games such as tag.
  • Add a friend to your exercise programming. Taking walks or joining a sport with your spouse or friend can be added benefit.
  • Group exercise will bring many people together in a fun environment.
  • Listen to music or audio books while exercising.
  • Be adventurous; try new activities, such as hiking, yoga, pilates, or exercising at unique places such as playgrounds or parks.  
If exercise tends to be a challenge, try using some of these new tools that may add a dimension of engagement to the efforts.  Maybe you exercise a lot and you are getting bored. Take the same exercise routine and add some of these tools to the workout. Maybe you don’t realize that you are not getting all you can out of a workout. Add these tools to gain additional benefits and quality from the workout.
  • Inflated stability ball – sit on it while working out with weights, use it for pushups, use it to work out your abdominals.
  • Medicine ball – use it in lieu of weights to add a different level of challenge.
  • Kettlebells – the weighted devices with handles allow you to “swing weights” during certain moves.
  • Bosu – balance on it while working with weights, use it for plyometrics, use it as an unstable platform for pushups, use it for crunches.
  • Body bar – use it as an addition to weighted routines.
  • Step – create choreography that allows you to perform a weighted move with aerobic components.
  • Yoga block – add it to yoga routines for an additional dimension.
  • Foam roller – lie on it when you do certain weight routines to add an instability factor; use it for stretches.
  • Mini trampoline – if you can no longer do high impact aerobics, you can certainly jump and do choreography on this forgiving surface.  Some trampolines come with a hand bar for you to hold onto.

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