Exercise Rut-ine: 3 Easy Ways to Take Your Workout to the Next Level
It’s easy to get stuck in a workout rut. Your fitness routine could become boring after a few months of hitting the gym. While a so-so workout is better than nothing at all, this uninspired approach won’t lead to significant results.
Remember that for every exercise you do, there’s always a way to tweak it and make it better: improved form, more noticeable results, and less injury (or none) at all.
With that, here are a few ways to take your workout program to a whole new level.
Strike a Pose
When doing your weight and strength training activities, strike a pose and hold your position for a few seconds. Contracting a muscle and keeping it in a flexed position for a few seconds works the tissues more, providing you with greater strength and endurance that normally can’t be achieved with the regular lifting routines.
When doing bicep curls, for example, try to hold the weights for 5-10 seconds every time you the weight is at its peak position. You know you’re doing it right when you hold it in position and can feel the arm muscles contracting.
Do Away with Machines
Resistance training is easier with exercise machines, but try to skip it from time to time. Free-weight workouts are usually better at getting the job done. Doing curls and lifts using Hyper Wear’s SandBell, for example, incorporates several exercises in one, which give you more for every stretch and lift. It stabilises the muscles better and burns more calories than their weight machine counterparts.
Fitness centres like Evolve Health already have these innovative sandbells in their studios. Using these equipment could easily take your workout program to the next level.
Find a Balance
A good workout doesn’t really need training for balance, but doing exercises that improve your balance can go a long way. Workouts that require balance works muscles—especially your core muscles—more. Doing exercises on a sandbell or a stability ball, for example, requires more effort because it takes away your stability, forcing it to find it on your own. This extra effort obviously burns more calories.
Remember, though, that these suggestions won’t work overnight. As with your previous programs, proper form and repetition are still important in any exercise routine.