Regular workouts can often become boring and less effective as time passes. This article contains a few tips to help spice up your exercise regimen.
1. Try interval training.
Interval training involves pushing yourself as hard as you can for a few minutes before returning to a slower pace to recover. This process is then repeated several times during your workout. There is a lot of evidence which suggests that this type of training is the most effective way to build lean muscle and improve fitness levels.
2. Exercise longer.
If your workout routine is usually 30 minutes long, try to increase its length by an extra 15 minutes. This will improve your endurance and the challenge can make your workout more fun.
3. Increase the intensity of your workout.
There are several ways in which you can make a work out more demanding. If you are lifting weights, then obviously you can just increase the load. Alternatively, if you are using a treadmill or exercise bike, you can increase the resistance settings.
4. Incorporate more protein into your diet.
Protein is an essential compound needed for muscle growth. If you want to see more physical results from your exercise regimen, consuming more protein can ensure that your muscles have the nutrients they need to grow.
5. Mix up your routine.
If you have a set exercise routine that you stick to religiously, try to mix up the order of the exercises within the routine every now and again. This can help to keep your mind and body engaged in the workout.
6. Have a reward lined up for when you finished each workout.
Treats can help to keep you motivated throughout your workout. Good, cheap rewards to offer yourself after your workout include watching an episode of your favorite television show, eating a tasty snack or taking a relaxing bubble bath.
7. Workout without a clock in the room.
When you aren't constantly monitoring the clock during a workout, the time will pass quicker and you may even end up exercising for longer than you originally planned.
8. Add music or videos to your workout.
Exercising to music can be both fun and energizing, while workout videos can help to keep you motivated and on track.
Hopefully the tips presented above have given you some ideas about how you can improve your own workouts. Exercise should be fun, and remember that any type of physical activity can have a positive affect on your body's appearance.
Marc Ouellette is a Certified In-Home Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Owner of Personal Training Alliance.
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