How to Mix Up Your Workout Routine

by Paige Johnson

Working out can get monotonous, especially if you don’t mix up your routine every now and then. But changing from the treadmill to a stationary bike isn’t enough to keep you from getting bored, so it’s important to get creative where your exercise routine is concerned. Think outside the gym, get outdoors, and apply your hobbies to a new workout so that you’ll actually enjoy it.

Here are some of the best ways to mix up your stale workout routine and get creative.

Get the family involved

Your spouse or significant other, kids, and even the dog can all get involved where your workout is concerned. When the weather is nice, get outside and play a game of kickball, or take the dog on an extra long walk. You can also check out your local YMCA to see about using the swimming pool or joining a water aerobics class.

Dance!

Throw on some comfortable shoes and grab your special someone for ballroom dancing, swing dancing, or just busting a move in the living room to your favorite music. You can also try Zumba, which is a full-body workout and will leave you sweating. Just be sure that if you try it out at home, you roll back the rug to prevent trips and falls.

Leave the car at home

If you live within a reasonable walking distance from a store or business you frequent, try leaving the car at home on a nice day and walk or bike there. This is another workout idea that you can do with your kids or loved ones.

Use what you have on hand

You don’t have to go to a fancy gym to burn calories; use what you have around the house or office to aid you in a workout. Run up and down the stairs several times in a row, or go for a brisk walk around the block on your lunch break. Get creative with it!

Clean up

Cleaning can get you in shape fast if you do it often enough. Vacuuming, dusting, and tidying up can burn calories while you cross things off your chore list, so it’s a win-win. You can also wash the car yourself rather than taking it to the carwash.

Do some yardwork

When the weather is nice, get outside and clean up the yard. Gardening, weeding, and landscaping are great ways to get in a workout and work up a sweat; just be sure you stay hydrated and apply sunscreen often. Also, bending and kneeling can be hard on the back and knees, so invest in a cushy foam pad to sit or kneel on while you work.