Finding new ways to stay fit can be especially important if you’re in the middle of a life change that necessitates a change in exercise methods. Maybe you have less space to exercise in now, or you have less time. Maybe your diet and lifestyle require you to focus more on cardio. Whatever the reason, you might be on the look for some new ways to mix up your exercise regimen – here are five ideas you can try out.
High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, consists of very intense activity for short bursts, instead of regular lengthy workouts. This is a way to get your crunches in while you’re also under a time crunch. Typically, an HIIT session will last anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Enough time to burn calories, build muscle and not wear yourself out for the rest of the day.
Smart Home Gyms
A home gym can be a huge benefit, especially if you’re working from home. It also gives you one less thing you need to find the perfect outfit for. With the rise of smart devices, though, it also means your home workouts can be more thorough, and smaller. Finding the right exercise equipment you’re your home gym – like integrating Peloton and other pieces of smart fitness equipment – is a great way to stay on task and in one place. Other companies are in on the smart workout, too: NordicTrack has live workout access, FightCamp features smart boxing training equipment, Tangram has their smart jump rope, and even other newer smart fitness equipment like the Hydrow rowing machine are integrating smart features.
If equipment isn’t your biggest concern, virtual classes started getting popular during the beginning of the pandemic, and are seeing continuing popularity due to ease of access and saving you a drive to the gym. Many are still staying home, also, so getting your exercise via YouTube and subscription video services is a huge boon to the home workout.
Getting together with a social group to work on a healthy activity is one of the best things you can do not just for your body, but for your workout habits. It’s also a commonly-recommended option for physical and other therapies because the social aspect helps keep you motivated, which can help you build confidence and generally make you feel better.
The Mini Workout
Not unlike HIIT, the Mini Workout consists of short bursts. The difference here, though, is that the intensity can also be lower. Especially if you’re disabled or don’t have the bandwidth for high intensity, you can mix it up with training for muscular strength, endurance, cardio and more, and still have a day ahead of you.
Staying on top of fitness trends is incredibly helpful if you’re realizing that your exercise habits are difficult to keep up, or if you’re finding yourself overworked and not satisfied with the results. Ignore “no pain, no gain,” and instead think “what am I gaining, and is the pain worth it?”