When I first started exercising many years ago, I always did the same thing : go to the gym, 30 minutes cardio and 15 minutes weights. Maybe once in a while I would go to a class, depending on who the teacher was. When I was doing this, there were many times that I felt I HAD to go the gym, or even DRAG myself there. My heart and motivation were not always in it.
I have gotten to the point in my life where I NEED to exercise, both for my physical but also mental health. I have done this by spicing up my fitness which has not only kept me motivated, but I has had a very positive impact on my body, rather than just doing the same kind of exercise over and over.
Usually, my week consists of :
- The pool
- The gym
- Exercise DVD or internet inspiration
I make an effort to not only change the kind of exercise I do, but also spice up things within. Here is how I do it :
- Alternating between run / walk
- Intervals to music, such as speeding up every time there is a refrain
- Intervals with park benches : speeding up between 2 benches
- Timed or distance intervals, using my watch
- Long distance run
- Running without watch / music
- My most recent spice is chasing people : I run along then sprint to catch up with someone ahead of me
- Laps : changing strokes every 10 laps, only using my legs or only my arms, treading water
- 15 minutes on the bike / 15 on the treadmill / 15 on the stairclimber
- Cardio + a class
- Cardio + upper body weights
- Weights only + ab work
- Heavier weights/ fewer reps or light weights / more reps
DVD or internet inspiration
- The Jillian Michaels’ Shred DVD has three 25 minute sessions. I do one if I don’t have much time, any 2 if I have more time
- Any kind of tabata workout. There are tons of great sites out there but Taylor at the Lifting Revolution is one of my favorites for ideas
I am not training for anything specific, I just want to feel good about myself and take care of my physical and mental well being. Spicing things up keeps me motivated and prevents boredom. Recently, my doctor (whom I hadn’t seen in a year), asked me what kind of sports I did because “she could just tell by looking at my body what great shape I was in”. It confirmed that my spice is working.
What do you do to spice up your routine ? Do you get bored easily ?