Boost Your Home Workout with These 3 Tips
Are you tired of the same old workout routine at home? Do you want to increase your exercise intensity? Here are a few tips to help you kick things up from the comfort of your living room, basement, or garage.
Mix it up
If you typically participate in only one type of exercise, integrate something new. Adults ages 18 to 64 need aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening exercise. The good news is that some exercises can wrap all three together, such as jumping rope, playing basketball, or running on a treadmill. Turn up the intensity with the talk test: If you can talk while you are active, then you are working at a moderate level. If you can say only a few words before needing to catch your breath, you are making a vigorous effort.
Find a competitive outlet
A friendly contest can push you harder to achieve your fitness goals. Research has found that competition can motivate you to move more, especially if you are comparing your fitness progress to that of your peers online. Invest in a step tracker that connects to an online fitness program or smartphone app—you can have some fun competition with your friends and family members as you step your workouts up a notch.
Invite a friend over to work out with you
Much like friendly competition, the support of a trusted friend can help push you further, too. One study indicates that exercising with a partner helps you plan better than if you work out alone. It can also hold you accountable to your fitness goals.
Go from Basic to Advanced
Ready to turn your usual exercise routine into something more advanced? Browse the American Council on Exercise’s Exercise Library to add some new moves to your repertoire.