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Published June 28, 2013 in Exercise & Fitness
Help! I Need Some Variety in My Exercise Program!
 
© DRS Health, Inc. All rights reserved.By Jill Armayor for DRS Health

Humans are a complex group that needs stimulation and modification in order to enjoy their circumstances. Therefore, the attempt to achieve one’s goals with the monotony of the same old program is like eating oatmeal every day for each meal. Variety is the essence of life. You may be following a program from our site or from another resource. In the beginning, it was new and fun, and now it is becoming dull. Here are some tips for spicing up the same old program.

Change Your Number of Repetitions

A repetition, or rep, is a single movement, for example one push-up. You can vary your number of repetitions per set for different results. Low reps and heavier weight will result in building strength and muscle mass. High reps and low weight will result in endurance, cardiovascular fitness and fat burning. As long as you keep good form with your exercises, you can increase the reps as much as you want. For a serious endurance workout, try doing a 2 minute set and count how many reps you can do in that period of time.

Try a Circuit

A circuit is when you perform one set of 5-10 different exercises in succession, without rest. By doing your workout as a circuit, you are keeping your heart rate elevated, which will help you improve your endurance and burn fat. You can line up all of your exercises to perform a full body circuit program in any order that you want. However, it might be beneficial to line up your exercises so that you are working alternate muscle groups in a row; for example, instead of doing two leg exercises in a row, insert a back exercise between them to give rest to your legs in between sets.

Attempt an Interval Program

Since cardiovascular exercise can get pretty old really fast, try challenging yourself with an interval program. The purpose of an interval program is to improve your speed and endurance. Let’s say that you have been walking for your cardiovascular exercise and you want to start jogging. Start off walking at your normal pace for 2 minutes. Take your walk into a slow jog for 1 minute. Back off to your normal walking pace for 2 minutes. For the following minute, run a bit faster and then take your pace back down to normal walking for 2 minutes. You get the idea.

Seek a New Form of Physical Activity

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play tennis? To dance? To surf? Take some lessons. Learning a new sport can occur at any age when you have a solid foundation of physical health. You can find lessons for all age groups and fitness levels for many different activities. Check with your local recreation center, your health club or a junior college. Find something that interests you that matches with your present fitness level.
 
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