There will be days when getting onto the elliptical or treadmill machine is trying. You need a break. Instead of giving up on your workout routine, utilize your body in different ways to keep the fitness mojos going. Variety will spice up your fitness regime and keep you from getting bored. Consider doing any of the below recommendations.
1. Use an exercise ball
Exercise balls are wonderful fitness tools for gently stretching muscles. They provide an ideal way to improve balance and reduce risks of falling. Simply find an appropriate size ball. If you are unsure of which size is best suited to you, simply go online and find reputable fitness resources. You can also go to your local fitness store and find an exercise ball. Balls manufactured by responsible companies will include size charts to help buyers make a well-informed purchase.
A great way to stretch out the back and upper body muscles is by gently draping your back against the ball. Keep your feet firmly planted on the floor. Slowly extend your arms over your head as far as possible. When done correctly, you will feel a fantastic and relaxing stretch in your upper body area. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds. Slowly return to the original position and relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
Use your exercise ball to imitate a cat’s stretch. With the ball on the floor, get onto your knees. Place your upper body onto the ball. Gently roll the ball forward until your back gently stretches out and starts to appear hunched over like a scared cat. Place your lower arms onto the floor in front of you to increase the stretch. Hold this stretch for as long as comfortable. Return to the original position and relax 10 seconds. Repeat as necessary.
Simply sitting on the exercise ball can work your abdominal muscles and improve your sense of balance. Sit on the ball. Place your feet firmly on the floor. Tighten your abdominals. Do this for as long as possible.
2. Do isometrics
Isometrics use contractions to strengthen muscles without placing any pressure on joints. They also increase blood flow to the affected area. Exercises can be done while standing, sitting, or lying down. Start by tightening your chest muscles. Hold this contraction for 6 seconds. Release and relax 5 seconds. Do this 5 times.
Tighten each of your muscles individually, starting from your upper arm to feet. Do each extremity individually. Do not hold your breath while doing isometrics. Breathe normally throughout the process.
Remember to exercise your facial muscles. Too many people forget the importance of these muscles. Tightly squeeze your eyes together. Do the same for your cheeks. Lift your eyebrows and hold. Open your mouth and hold. Smile widely.
3. Enjoy nature
Nothing beats the fitness machine blues better than getting back to nature. Do this by going for a walk, jog, or hike. Find a friend to join you, or go solo. Many local parks have paved walking trails to promote healthy, scenic exercise. Consider joining a walking group to combine socializing with exercising. Many fitness centers offer group outings. Day hikes are wonderful ways to get back to nature for the day and enjoy dinner at home.
Living a healthy lifestyle means getting regular exercise. A versatile fitness program will spark interest, promote longevity, and promote weight management. Do your part and be the envy of your fitness wannabe friends.