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8 Ways to Liven Up Your Exercise Routine

Doing the same exercise routine day in and day out can get boring. But if your current routine works well for you, it’s understandable why you don’t want to change it up. The good news is that you can make a few tweaks to your current exercise routine to liven it up. Or you can change it altogether. It’s your choice. Keep reading to find out multiple ways to spice up your exercise routine.

1.Change Your Exercise Time

Try exercising at a different time. You don’t have to make this change every day, maybe just a couple of times a week. For example, if you workout in the early morning, why not try working out a couple of days right after you get off work? Or if you usually work out after work, you can try getting up an hour or so earlier to fit a workout in before your day gets started.

  1. Attend a Group Exercise Class

Mix things up a bit by seeing what group exercise classes are offered in your area and try attending one or two during the week. Again, you don’t have to change your whole routine to do this. You only must be willing to swap out your regular workouts a couple of times per week. Attending group classes will keep things fresh and interesting and allow you to meet people who have like interests, too.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, either. For example, if you’re up for a challenge, try a spinning class or a HIIT class.

  1. Try Out a Workout App

If you like having other people across the country (or even the world) cheering you on, you might really like a workout app. Of course, there are a wide variety of workout apps on the market, so you’ll have to do some research to find the right workout app for you. But you may find that using an app makes all the difference in your not-so-exciting current routine.

  1. Make Each Workout a Competition

Start tracking your performance during each workout, so you’ll know as you improve. You may be surprised at how this can liven up your exercise routine. For example, if you normally run during your workout, track your time to run a mile. Then, make a goal to see if you shave time off your current time. Or if plank, time yourself and make it a goal to hold the plank for 15 seconds longer the next time.

  1. Get a Workout Buddy

If you have a friend that’s interested in working out, ask them if they’d like to exercise with you a few times per week. If you go to a gym, some allow you to bring a guest free of charge. Or if you go for a run in a certain location, ask the person to meet you there or meet them where they work out. You can also find a workout buddy, too, if you don’t know anyone who shares your commitment to exercising on the regular. Not only will having a workout buddy keep things more interesting, it also can be motivating.

  1. Try Something New

On days when you feel like you’re not going to be able to take another boring workout, think out of the box and try something new. You can try ice-skating or roller skating. Or hit the indoor pool if your city has one. If you can get your heart rate up, you can use an out-of-the-ordinary activity occasionally to break up the monotony of your workout routine.

  1. Consider Hiring a Personal Trainer

If you find your workout routine boring and just don’t have the inspiration to make it better, you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer. A trainer is an expert in creating workouts that can help you meet your goals while challenging you along the way.

But don’t hire the first trainer you find out about. You really need to train with someone who gels well with your personality. Consider setting up an interview with a few personal trainers to find the one you think will work out best.

  1. Make Some New Workout Playlists

Music can be a great motivator. If you don’t listen to music when you workout, consider starting. If you do, change up your playlists. Try listening to music you wouldn’t normally listen to but don’t hate. If you need suggestions, look at other people’s workout playlists on the music app you use, such as Spotify.

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