5 Ways to Spice Up Your Exercise Routine

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Exercise Routine
Yoga in the Mountains by Tomas Sobek

The year is still new, but some of us might still be having a little trouble motivating ourselves to keep our health-related resolutions. If you’ve been doing the same workout for a long time, or if you just a need a change to rejuvenate your routine, here are a couple tips to help make your workout something to look forward to!

  1. Try a dance class. If spending an hour lifting weights isn’t exactly tickling your fancy anymore, change it up by signing up for a dance class. A lot of dance classes will allow you to take a trial class for free as well, so there’s no disadvantage to trying it out even if you decide it’s not for you, at the very least, you got your workout in!
  2. Pick up new gym clothes. For the majority of us, we’re usually pretty excited to wear something new. If you’re having a hard time looking forward to your workout, it can help if you have something cute and new to look forward to wearing. You can also use this as motivation to reach a goal -- for example, if you keep up your routine for a month straight, you can reward yourself with new clothes for the gym!
  3. Make a playlist. Music is a known motivator when you’re in the gym, but if your time working out is starting to drag, take some time outside of the gym to create a popping playlist to get you motivated!
  4. Move your routine outside. Whether you run for cardio or lift weights in the gym, moving your routine outside of the gym can help make the workout a little more pleasant and depending where you’re going, you may even look forward to it! If yoga in a muggy classroom is what you’re used to, try moving somewhere a little more picturesque. If you can’t make it up to a mountaintop, parks are also popular places for a workout.
  5. Keep a journal. If you’re having a hard time keeping track of your goals and accomplishments, it can be demotivating to go back into the gym day after day with nothing to show for it. A journal will help keep your goals in mind and help you devise a game plan in order to reach those goals. Keeping a journal will also hold you accountable if you skip a day at the gym -- that blank page will serve as a reminder for you to keep going back in.
This post was originally published on ASTRAL & OPAL