Exercise Recommendations to Keep Your Workouts Effective and Interesting

Exercise in your daily schedule provides you with many benefits. Along with boosting your mood, exercise can increase your energy and help you sleep better while it helps you deal better with stress in your life, especially if you are on a stay-at-home order or quarantine. Here are some recommendations that you can use as you boost your health and physical health with a good exercise plan this winter.

1. Focus on Full Body Workouts

A great way to keep your motivation up is to complete workouts that are going to give you the best results, which is what a full-body exercise does. A full-body exercise is going to work various muscle groups in your body instead of only focusing on, for example, your legs, or your shoulders and back. 

Some easy full-body exercises you can master quickly includes a body plank. Starting in a push-up position, you can rest on your forearms or remain on your hands to get a workout from your shoulders all the way down to your legs and glutes. You can also use a weight bar or just your body weight to complete squats to work your entire body. Or if you have access to a kettlebell, you can use it with a kettlebell swing.

2. Mix Up Your Workouts

Once you have set up a successful workout arrangement with full-body workouts, you should do what you can to keep up the interest in your workouts. One of the most common reasons that a person will stop an exercise program is because they become bored with the same patterns and exercise routines.

So as a way to stave off workout boredom, you should always look for new ways to move your body and exercise. Doing this not only keeps your mind interested in the workouts, but it will also keep your body from becoming accustomed to the workouts. Body memory is a real thing; in your workouts, your body will begin to "remember" the workout program you are repeating and you won't get the same physical improvements that you did when you first started a workout. 

Try to diversify your workouts by regularly adding in new elements. For example, every couple of weeks change your full-body workouts from a bicycle ride for cardio to skipping rope for the same amount of time. Then, instead of completing your weight workouts at the gym, locate a nearby park and use some resistance and bodyweight workouts with the monkey bars and other playground equipment. Some parts also have fitness equipment located throughout that you can use, such as pull up bars or a weight lifting bench. These will provide you with the on-site equipment that is outside in the fresh air to help you get a great workout.