Monday, August 25, 2008

WORKOUT, FIZZLE OUT!

Do you get bored with the same workout routine and exercises? I often lose that drive and desire to get in the gym and hit the weights, treadmill or elliptical machine. Sometimes 30 minutes can seem like an eternity on that piece of cardio equipment. So what do we need to do? Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a new activity. Instead of that treadmill day after day get out and hit Ladybird Lake Trail or one of Austin's many paved hills. A good way to get that cardio in is to meet with a local club or group. Most of these are fairly cheap and provide a variety of times and locations for their activity. Accountability can be a good motivator. You will also get a more intense workout in a group setting. Also, mix up that gym routine. Switch your exercises and workout days. Ask Trainer Todd for some of these exciting exercises. Your workouts should be balanced, like everything else in life. Don't be afraid to take an extra rest day or week off from training every so often. Your body goes through cycles, so should your workouts. GET OUT THERE!!!

2 comments:

Ima Jogger said...

Hi Trainer Todd!

Thanks for the tips! I seem to be suffering from workout burnout a lot these days. Mostly because I have a hectic schedule at home and I don't feel motivated.

Do you have any suggestions on how to fit a quick (but effective) cardio workout into my crazy day?

Todd McCann said...

Here are a few ideas to help squeeze those cardio workouts in while keeping it fresh. Try to split the cardio in two shorter workouts in the same day. Try a easy morning routine, then go for a harder effort in the evening. This will burn more calories as well. Another way to fit the cardio in is in the early morning before the committments of the day get you fizzled. Also, try some new playlists on your ipod for motivation or meet a friend for a run. You also need to change the scenary for that cardio to keep it interesting. Try a new running route or a different elliptical machine at the gym. Variety is the spice of life. If time is a factor. On those hectic days workout for a shorter duration at a higher intensity. These are just a few ways to keep things mentally and physically challenging. GOOD LUCK!! Trainer Todd

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