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It can be difficult to shake up your workout routine, especially if you’ve found something that works, but when your exercises become monotonous and boring, it’s time to think of new ways to burn those calories.
The key is to add fun to your routine. Workouts don’t have to be long and tedious; a good 30-minute routine every day can get your heart rate up and help boost your mood and your energy level, meaning you can easily find a way to inject some fun into it.
It’s also helpful to get the family, a good friend, or even the family dog involved in your routine. Being social when you exercise can help you stay motivated and keep you on track, so invite your significant other, your best friend, or your kids along when you get outdoors.
Here are some of the best ways to shake up your routine and have fun while getting healthy.
Take the dog out
Taking the dog along for a run, a long walk, or just to play in the park can help elevate your mood and keep you going even when you feel tired after a long day at work. Dogs have boundless energy and are almost always happy to get outside, so make it part of your daily routine. Set your alarm for twenty minutes earlier than normal and get in a quick walk in the morning before work, then have some playtime after dinner. It’s a great way to release stress after a long day and get in shape at the same time.
Take a lesson from childhood
Think about the things you loved to do as a kid and apply them to your workout now. Jumping on a trampoline, roller skating, hula hooping, and skipping rope are all wonderful ways to stay in shape and have a good time, too. This is also something you can do with your kids, so when the weather is nice, head outside and get moving.
Dance, dance, dance
Dancing will get you in fantastic shape; just ask anyone who’s done it for any length of time. Most dancing–especially hip-hop, swing, and ballet–will work your core, legs, and bottom and will build your strength and balance at the same time.
If your kids have a video game system, put it to good use. There are tons of games available that will help you get active, especially on the Wii, and you can choose from sports, dancing, and other movements that will get you up off the couch and breaking a sweat in the privacy of your own home.
Build a home gym
Speaking of the privacy of your own home, you don’t have to belong to a fancy, expensive gym to get good results. You can build a home gym with simple elements or simply use things you already have. In fact, a couch and a wall are great tools for squats, sit-ups, and stretching.
Henry is the co-creator of Dallas-based FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects – travel and health – to provide readers with helpful information about how they can get the most out of both.