As the leaves turn colors and the air becomes crisp,here comes the perfect season for transitioning your exercise routine.
Enjoy the outdoors while you can. Walk, hike and cycle while the weather’s good, then transition to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Unfortunately, exercise can become boring quickly. In fact, experts advise you to change up your exercise routine every couple of weeks. Changing up your exercise routine not only prevents boredom, it may help you stick to an exercise program, according to a University of Florida study.
Varying your exercise routine approximately every two months also helps increase results.
Here are 5 ways to make exercise less routine:
1. Increase the difficulty. If you’re doing strength training, do 10 reps instead of eight or three sets instead of two. If you walk a half mile each day, try going a little longer or jogging for part of it or adding hand weights.
2. Vary the exercises according to the season. If you like to walk during those crisp fall days, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing this winter. If you enjoy taking long walks with your dog, try doggie yoga—doga—this winter.
3. Change your routine. If you always walk a certain route, go a different way. If you do weight training on Tuesdays and cardio on Wednesdays, switch the days. If you usually exercise in the morning, try exercising in the afternoon. Even a small change can help with the exercise blahs.
4. Cross train. It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of doing the same type of exercises because they’re familiar. If you usually walk, try a dance class or climb stairs. If you usually use free weights, try machines.
5. Change the environment. While walking, stop to pick up beautiful leaves along the way or take photos of the fall foliage. Invite a friend over to exercise. Take an exercise class and exercise with a group. If you only take classes, try exercising at home. If you feel uncertain about what to do, put on a YouTube video.