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5 Ways to Shake up Your Workout Routine

Author: Katie Horrell, MS, RDN, CPT

Are you looking to change up your workout routine this week? Whether it’s because of boredom, to push through a plateau, or to build more lean muscle, we all need to shake up our activity from time to time! If you’re at a loss for new ideas, you’ll love to learn more about 5 ways you can change it up this week! 

1. Join a class

If you typically workout out at home, or independently at the gym – a class can be a great way to shake things up and step out of your comfort zone! Classes range in duration, intensity, and type, so there’s a class for every type of individual. Some studios and gyms even offer free classes so you can test things out before committing. Pick one that feels right for you, and don’t feel pressured to do the toughest one starting out. You can always work up to more intense sessions in the future!

2. Ask your friends/accountability buddies what *their* favorite workout is

Your Noom Group members are great resources to reach out to when you need to shake up your workout routine and brainstorm new ideas. Don’t be shy. Ask everyone to thread their favorite fun workout, or to list what their personal routine looks like this week. Just remember, this for building new ideas, not playing the comparison game!

3. Try a new type of workout

Are you a cardio lover? Try strength training!  Maybe you love to lift heavy weights. Try walking, biking, or the stairclimber. No matter what intensity you’re at in your workout regime, your body benefits from changing things up. Your body & muscles are smart! They want to adapt to doing a workout more efficiently.  Therefore, over time the same old, same old gets easier to complete, and thus uses less energy. We challenge you to switch up one workout this week and see how you feel! 

4. Work out with YouTube videos

If you are crunched on time, short, convenient workouts sound pretty appealing, don’t they? YouTube is a popular video search engine that has many free videos to offer. Just type in which muscles you’re looking to work (e.g. “Quick arm workout”) – and you’ll find tons of videos you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

5. Hire a personal trainer

You may think, “Hey, I already know the basics of exercise, so why hire someone to tell me what I already know?” –  However, personal trainers are specialists when it comes to increasing physical fitness, muscle, and/or endurance. They can help you take your workout to the next level and reach specific goals related to fitness. Even signing up for just a few sessions to expand your horizons can be super beneficial for your fitness routine long term! 

Which of these 5 ideas will you commit to?!