Could your workout use a little spring cleaning? It’s common to cling to exercises we know well. There is a sense of ease and safety associated with this. But your body needs fresh fitness ideas to ward off such common health hurdles as weight loss plateaus, overuse injuries, and boredom.
Transform your body by making these tiny tweaks to your favorite fitness moves:
Planks a lot. The plank is a powerful pose. This simple, static stance targets major muscle groups, improving strength and stability. And still, despite all the glory this gut-busting move offers, it loses popularity points for being mind-numbingly boring.
Instead of skipping the plank entirely, energize it with the following fun twist. Not only will this version burn more calories, the minutes also fly faster.
Strong arm. Strong, sculpted arms are desirable to many Americans, which is why the bicep curl has become one of the most popular upper-body building exercises. While the bicep curl helps to cut and carve these muscle fibers, there are better strength training moves to amp up the entire arm.
The Zottman curl fires up the forearms and biceps with a simple flip of your free-weight grip. Get ready to shed those long sleeves with this two-in-one exercise:
You don’t know jack. The jumping jack was introduced to us at a young age. They were a solid staple in P.E. classes around the country, and a sure-fire way to embarrass you in front of your high school crush. But don’t let those haunted high school memories keep you from practicing jumping jacks. There’s a reason this move has been around for decades — it works! The jumping jack torches calories, requires no equipment or skill, and doesn’t require much space to complete a set.
The following exercise is a grown-up version of the jumping jack. Not only does it elevate the heart rate, it also enhances agility, balance and core strength.
Make exercise exciting. When you enjoy your workout, you’re more likely to do it.