Take Action and See Results! While running every day is good and so is taking a Pilates class three times a week, it can also get boring sometimes doing the same exercise over and over again for better health. That’s why it’s important to change things up in small ways to give your body (and your mind) more of a challenge! Do you like walking or running on a treadmill? Why not add a little bit more of a challenge to your treadmill workout by holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand? Once your body gets comfortable with this routine, you can add bicep curls and tricep extensions as you walk. Don’t feel coordinated enough to multitask with weights while walking? Challenge yourself in other ways—change up your speed, the incline, the distance, or run/walk intervals to keep things interesting. You can—and should—apply this same principle to any type of workout. Your body becomes accustomed to a routine after a few times of performing it. So mix things up regularly to keep your mind engaged and your body challenged.

Get Back to Basics

Also, don’t hesitate to go back to basics with your workout. Remember Jump Rope for Life? Well, start jump-roping for overall health and fitness and start burning more than 26 calories per minute! Once you can do the basic jump for about five minutes without stopping, you can then move on to more difficult jump routines. These can include jumping twice as high as you can, and, then, turning the rope twice as fast so it passes under your feet twice before you land. Talk about a workout! Stay motivated to make these changes and continue your workouts by jotting down your goals and when you achieve them. Giving yourself a gold star for the day will motivate you to want to go back for more the next day! Are you looking to start a new exercise routine? Make sure your health is up for it! Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah to get clearance from one of our medical professionals.]]>