Fun Ways to Spice up Your Fitness Routine
Certain biological and hormonal changes can make our years-long fitness routines dull. Perhaps you’re following a diet plan and that’s causing it. Maybe you’re bulking up and getting more fat on your belly than on your muscles — and you don’t like the way you look. You may even be shredding, taking in more protein and fewer carbs and that could be messing with your energy levels.
This is equivalent to a bad spell and will come multiple times throughout your life. The key is to not give in. Dropping your fitness routine isn’t the way. So what do you do? You do little things to spice up your workout sessions.
How? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few ways to do that:
GET A SKIPPING ROPE
If you’re one of those people who think getting a jumping rope is all about jumping and losing fat, you need to turn up YouTube, NOW. It’s an excellent way to not only lose fat and build your stamina but it also looks extremely cool.
Netizens are posting videos of themselves skipping rope in the coolest of ways. From basic jumps to alternate footstep jumps, to high-knees and criss-cross swings. There are dozens of variations and they look extremely cool!
You’re not going to be able to do it right away as it requires a lot of practice. But if you enjoy dancing, skipping to music is something you’re going to be able to get a hold of relatively quicker.
START USING AN EXERCISE DICE
An exercise dice is similar to a regular dice, larger in size and usually made out of foam. It has six sides and each side has an instruction written on it. The instruction could be suggesting you do a 30-second plank, 30 sit-ups, or a power push-up set. It could be any set or number of reps you could add to your workout. What’s the point?
It’s a cool, fun way to challenge yourself. If you haven’t been feeling like working out for a while, just getting up and doing a round of these dice rolls could be something.
Calisthenics is exercises that you do on your body weight. There are a number of ways you can do these exercises, with variations and various intensities. You can do these exercises rhythmically and constantly challenge yourself. The best part? You need minimal equipment for these as they are body-weight exercises. They help build up all your muscles and can help you develop unrivaled core strength.
GO FOR A RUN AND BREAK YOUR LAST BEST SCORE
If you like jogging, you could challenge your limits by breaking your last best. For instance, if your best is eight miles, you can challenge yourself and do 10 miles. This will instill a nice sense of accomplishment and keep you going!
CHANGE THE FOCUS OF YOUR WORKOUT
If you’ve been bulking up recently and the increased body fat is taking a toll on you, that’s your sign to stop. Just do the minimal strength workout, take protein to maintain your muscle, and start shredding.
Similarly, if you’re shredding lately and the lack of exciting food is bringing you down, start eating what you want for a change. Get back on track as soon as you feel better.
EXERCISE WITH A FRIEND
Working out with a friend is a good way to get those pumps coming in. They’ll be able to help you get more reps and you’ll enjoy conversing with them as you exercise.
WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS, JUST KEEP SHOWING UP
The ways mentioned above should bring a change and will spice up your fitness routine. Lastly, just remember to keep showing up when nothing else seems to work much. Show up and do the bare minimum. The rough patch will dim down soon and as long as you’re working out, the spark will return!