Working out more tops many New Years resolutions. After being shocked by the vulnerability caused by being overweight and other lifestyle conditions, many people are waking up to the importance of a healthier lifestyle that includes regular exercise

Most of us know all too well that intending to exercise more doesn’t always translate to regular workouts throughout the year. Here are 5 trendy ways we are using to help us stick to our workout routines this year. 

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Slow it down 

Starting a rigorous new workout routine can be tiring, so tiring in fact that you may need a month or two of binge eating and binge-watching to recover, or so we’ve heard.

Slowing things down to a manageable and more importantly, a pace you can maintain and gradually increase can help you stay consistent and build towards your goals. 

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A holistic approach

There are many benefits to exercise – weight loss is just one of them. Considering all the benefits of exercise, including mental health, can change your view of sweating it out. 

Using exercise to replace comfort eating and zoning out can help you reap the benefits of staying active while keeping you from less healthy habits. 

Exercise isn’t something you need to recover from. It can be part of your self-care routine and a form of recovery in itself. 

 

Try something fun and new

There are exercises we all know to be effective for us, but trying something new can be more exciting. Using dance classes, gymnastics or water aerobics as an alternative to the same old cardio routine you’ve always used can make exercise more fun. 

Read up, research and find new and exciting ways to stay active, exercise doesn’t always look like running and cycling. 

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Take your workout out of the gym

The gym is scarier than usual these days. It isn’t all the equipment we aren’t sure we can use that makes us think twice about going to the gym, the confined space and the possibility of getting infected with COVID-19.

Although most gyms are taking precautions having another workout option could mean spending less time in the actual gym and also offer a change of scenery which is always great. 

Find outdoor workouts, home workouts or yoga in your garden to keep things interesting, and keep things safe too.

Make working out a part of your day

Squeezing in an hour on the treadmill or rushing to get to that aerobics class on time can put unnecessary pressure on your schedule. Things change, and while a daily workout could be what you’ve set out to do, you should be able to change what that workout looks like according to your day. 

Walking, cycling and taking the stairs are great ways to fit exercise int your daily routine even when you ‘don’t have time to exercise’ cycling or walking to the store instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the lift and even something as simple as doing calf raises while you cook can incorporate exercise int your busy day. 

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