Working out can get boring. Summer is the perfect time to try new workout routines.
My problem: I have been working out on my own for over 25 years. I love to work out but it can get so BORING doing the same stuff week in and week out.
My goal: Add something new to my regular workout routines.
My plan: I am all about cross-training with my exercising. Week in, week out, my workout routines are very predictable. I aim to workout six days a week (Sunday is a day of rest!!) Currently, I do a Boot Camp at my gym on Mondays and Wednesdays . A great way to start off the week. Tuesdays are my day to do a 4-6 mile run/walk with my longtime run/walk partner, Ericka. Thursdays I usually do the elliptical in my home gym and Fridays I try to go to a yoga practice. Then there is Saturday. Depending on how much time I have, I will either go on a shorter walk around the neighborhood, try a modified step aerobics video or my favorite, bike rides with my husband.
While my routine is effective, I often reach plateaus so I need to find some new motivation.
Summer is the perfect time to change up workout routines. Longer daylight means more time to get outdoors more. Hiking is fun and different — if you get up early before the heat index goes up. Also, its important to take others along for safety. This laborious hike kicked my butt. I want to continue to add that to my summer workout routines but sometimes its hard to find willing partners that can go with my schedule.
Another good form of summer exercise to change up a workout routine is water aerobics. Why is water aerobics a good choice?
- The buoyancy supports your body so that you can protect your joints, muscles and bones. Being at chest-level 85% to 90% of your body supported.
- Water provides more resistance than air so as you move through the water, you are getting an excellent work out. You will shape up faster doing the same workout in the water than on land.
- Exercising in the water helps improve flexibility and balance. Most people have a wider range of motion in the water.
- And what could be better than being in the water in hot weather?
Lucky for me, my longtime water aerobics instructor recently came back to the area after being gone two years. Carla is an experienced water aerobics instructor. Usually there are 4-6 other women who join in too.
Carla divides the one hour session into legwork and arm work. Since I am not that strong of a swimmer, I get a little nervous and require the assistance of a noodle for some of the exercises. My arms get especially tired. Pushing all that water around provides great resistance. When the hour is over, I am tired yet invigorated, and ready to begin my day.
Change with workout routines is good. I meet new people, develop other muscles, tone different areas and best of all, I am not bored.