Rejuvenate Your Workout
by Jackie Burgmann, creator of "Hot at Home" - The Transformation Solution for People Who Hate The Gym
Wouldn't it be great if your workout was enjoyable every time and didn't ever feel like a chore?
If your workouts have felt more like a chore than anything else lately, it might be time to take stock of when and where (and how) you're actually doing your routines.
Do you go to the same gym or room in your house day in and day out, with the same familiar surroundings, same familiar faces, and do the same familiar exercises?
Is your cardio almost always done on the same old treadmill, elliptical or stationery cycle staring at the
same old TV show on the screen above the machine?
Yep, that can be pretty darned boring. I'd consider that a 'chore' too, so I'm guessing you're not alone and in very good company.
How about this? Try doing your cardio workouts outdoors wherever possible.
And don't just change your venue, change the time of day you get out there and you might find it that much more enjoyable.
If you're a runner, cyclist or powerwalker, try getting out for your cardio session first thing in the morning and enjoy watching the sunrise as you're getting your heart rate up!
Forego the mp3 player for a change and listen to the music of the outdoors, like birds chirping and relish watching the sky turn from dim to bright.
What about heading out just before sunset and enjoy watching the sky turn crimson as the sun sinks out of sight for another day. What a GREAT way to end a day! Doing a good thing for your health and enjoying fantastic scenery as you go.
If you can't get out there with the sunrise or sunset, then try hitting your local park and run, walk or cycle on the paths, or even get your shoes off and go for a run at your local beach, in the sand (sand running is a great workout, too).
Heck, you could even do some great strength training routines outside. You don't need any equipment at all.
Try doing some super-circuits incorporating a bunch of different bodyweight exercises.
Go to your favorite park and do some routines with burpees or squat thrusts, mountain climbers and breakdancers, jumping jacks, bodyweight squats, walking lunges, push-ups, pull-ups and hanging leg raises on the playground monkey bars and bench dips and box-jumps onto a park bench, then finish up with some plank holds.
Or take a jump rope with you and just jump for an extended period of time. That will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping in no time.
You could even go climb a tree if you felt particularly youthful and full of whimsy that day (and can find a suitable tree).
Don't get trapped in a web of boredom by working out at the same time, in the same place, on the same equipment, doing the same moves all the time.
Change your surroundings or change the time of day and you'll be amazed at how quickly you become interested and invigorated all over again!
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