*This is a collaborative post.
When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, it’s no secret that the new year brings an influx of new gym memberships with many people looking to get fit. But for those seasoned exercisers, it is also a great time to shake up what you are already doing and add something new to the mix.
Have you noticed your workouts are starting to become less effective and not as challenging as they once were? This could mean your body has become acclimated to what you are doing and you need to embark on something new or slightly different to boost your workouts.
The new year is the perfect time to try your hand at something new. Is there a workout class you have been wanting to try? Why not sign up to a class and see how you go! Maybe look at adding something different to what you are already doing. Dance style classes such as Zumba are great for a cardio workout and are becoming increasingly popular with all ages and genders.
Maybe you are looking at more of a toning workout that works all of your muscles, then why not try a Kettlercise class where you can work out all of your muscle groups for a full-body workout.
For seasoned gym-goers, why not look at ways you can perfect what you are already doing by taking on some one to one instruction. Even if you have been doing your workout for a while, there is no harm in seeking expert advice. This can help you perfect your technique to reduce injuries, introduce you to new moves and changes to benefit what you are already doing, for example, an instructor can help yoga lovers to find the perfect sun salutation to enhance their workout and improve posture and technique.
Weights aren’t something to be scared of when it comes to working out. In fact, the opposite couldn’t be truer. Incorporating weights into your workout can help you define your muscles and build strength throughout your body. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will ‘bulk out’ unless, of course, that is what you are aiming for!
Start small with low weight dumbells and work your way up to using other weighted equipment such as kettlebells, medicine balls and more. If you are part of a gym, ask staff to show you how to use weight machines that can work different parts of your body for an added boost to your workout.
Do you work out at the same time on the same days? Did you know this could be harming your progress rather than benefiting it? Your body gets used to you doing the same thing over and over and soon enough it will stop being effective.
So plan a new workout, hit the gym at different times and try some new equipment and classes. Variety is the spice of life and the same is true for your workout. Shake things up by adding something new to the mix and changing when you workout. you never know, it could just what your body needs this new year!