Are you bored of your fitness regime? Maybe you have reached a plateau or perhaps you struggle to think of new and innovative ways to exercise. This happens to me constantly. I know I’m in trouble when I resort to long and boring treadmill workouts or find myself constantly on the elliptical watching television.
A couple of things dawned on me recently and I have been employing these new methods each time I visit the gym. I want to share them with you because not only are they easy, but they are extremely cheap and cheerful too. They are also convenient and don’t require too much effort or any change of tact on your behalf. I hope these new ideas refresh you and breathe new life into your workouts.
Follow the workouts in fitness magazines
I am a regular reader of magazines such as Women’s Health, Fitness and other similar publications. Until recently, I largely glossed over the lift outs and sections of the magazine where models pose in various positions holding weights and demonstrating exercises. A few weeks ago however, I decided to change things up a bit and took my magazine to the gym, lay it out on the gym floor, and followed the exercises as demonstrated. Mid dumbbell push up, a personal trainer at my gym stopped and observed what I was doing. At first I was convinced that he was going to correct my form, however he simply told me that for years, his entire workouts consisted of exercises suggested in magazines. He said it was a fantastically effective way to get a decent workout in and to guarantee the exercises you are performing continually change, which always keeps your body guessing. Following magazine workouts has now become a regular thing for me and I will continue to employ this ridiculously easy method to exercise.
Steal ideals from personal trainers
Can’t afford a PT? Never fear! Next time you’re on the gym floor, take a minute to stop what you’re doing and watch (and listen) to what personal trainers around you are instructing their clients to do. Watching someone else perform a new version of a squat or lunge, under the guise of a professional, opens up new ideas and inspiration, without the cost and effort of getting a PT yourself. I’ve observed an endless number of new exercises by adopting this method, and what’s best is that neither the personal trainer nor the client is aware of my secret sabotage!
YouTube videos and other Internet resources
YouTube and various other websites now offer full fitness classes, including yoga and meditation, for free. One Google search is all it takes and a website can instantly replace your old, dusty Aerobics Ozstyle VCRs from the 90s. The beauty of this method is that, provided you have space, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to exercise or to relax. This one is perfect for those rainy days or days in which it is just too hard to make it to the gym. A mere 30 minutes participating in an online class will be more than enough to get your blood pumping and give you a spring in your step.
It is easy to find new and inexpensive ways to exercise so you no longer have any excuses as to why you can’t fit a quick workout into your day!