With the new year upon us, many people have made it a priority to put fitness first. While most resolutions have been pledged by now, the trick is to actually keep them going strong throughout the whole year. Many people facing these new goals find it easier to accomplish their resolutions through a refreshing take on exercise. Check out these four ways to ramp up a stale workout into a fun and energetic one this new year.
Add Pilates to the routine for a unique way to create core body strength, balance and control, according to Pro Sports Club. With a focus on the fluidity of movement in the body, Pilates is the perfect way to regain control, build core muscle strength, boost athletic performance and even recover from injuries. Side benefits of Pilates? Increased flexibility, flatter tummy, reduced joint pain, and better overall posture. Adding Pilates to a well-rounded fitness routine can help fit-minded individuals accomplish their healthy goals easily this year.
Many people think of fitness as a land-based activity, but the truth is, swimming can help shed those calories just as easily. Plus, it’s fun. For a solid cardio and strengthening routine, start off by walking laps through the water, followed by a swim, then adding resistance with water weights, noodles, belts and hand webs, suggests Fitness and Wellness News. Swimmers can burn 500 calories in just one hour when doing a water aerobics routine, which helps lose weight through endurance and resistance training.
Switch it Up
One big pitfall people seem to fall into over time is doing the same routine in the same order for the same amount of time. Experts say this can lead to lack of motivation due to boredom. Plus, those same boring routines may lose effectiveness over time. This is why it’s recommended people switch up the order of their routine and shorten the amount of time they spend on each exercise. The catch? Increasing the intensity of the workout within that shorter time span to get the max benefits.
Make it Fun
A fitness routine is certainly a great basis for losing weight and toning muscles. But instead of spending all their time in a stuffy gym, many people find it adds another element to their workout routine when they do something different such as participate in team sports or games. You can even try changing your current routine by just adding a little imagination, according to Eric Ravenscraft at Lifehacker. Using a variety of apps, you can challenge your current routine by pretending to be running from zombies, you can set up a reward pool in your group of friends who work out consistently (and punish those who don’t), and even participate in a Google augmented reality game in your city. The possibilities are endless.
Facing 2015 is a breeze when incorporating an invigorating workout into the mix. It’s too easy to let those resolutions slide. After all, who wants to engage in a boring fitness routine every day? Switching it up every now and then will provide inspiration to keep going and actually make fitness goals work for each individual.