What Can I Do to Make My Workout Better?

Happy Friday to everyone whether you have to go into the office this morning or take the kids to the park or just getting things done around the house or working in your home office – it’s still Friday and Friday is a great day for most of us. One of the most common questions I get asked lately is how do I jazz up my workout? Do I need to jazz up my workout? What I’ve been doing for the last year has helped me to lose 77 pounds and I feel great; should I be doing something more?

Okay, so let’s do this all at once:

You need to do what feels good to you. If you enjoy your workout and you are still feeling success in what you are doing – then you are in the right place. A workout should be equal parts good for you and leaving you feeling good.

The Ultimate Prescription

When it comes to your workout – you should have different components – you should have a good cardio program that helps you build your heart and lung strength. The cardio component also helps you build up your endurance and you’ll find yourself reaching further, easier and more regularly. As long as you are feeling some challenge in what you are doing, then what you are doing fine.

What about weight training? Weight training is great way to increase your lean muscle mass, tone up your body and burn more calories more efficiently. But do you have to weight train? There are different schools of thought on this one, but for me personally – I like to do some weight training 2 to 3 times a week in specific muscle exercises in order to not only increase my strength, but also to help with my own weight loss. I also like how I can shape myself – I like being better looking in what I wear and I like to have my clothes fit better.

Do you need a weight training program? That’s up to you. If you are looking for something different, adding a day or two of weight training can give you that. What about aerobics? Yoga? Pilates? Tai Chi? All of these activities offer you something different and each one can be beneficial, but it’s hard to do every single thing under the sun – I thought once that I would take a month where I did a different physical workout every day – whether it was yoga, pilates, biking, running, elliptical, walking, tai chi, weight training and more.

I love the different ways different exercise makes you feel – if you aren’t sure what you want to do – take a few weeks to experiment. Stick to the routine you have, but elect one or two days a week to broaden your horizons and explore. You may discover a new love or a new passion or you may discover that what you are happy with your workout.

If you are in the maintenance phase, this is great – if you are looking to do more with your workout – to either lose more weight, reshape the lines of your body or just to have a lot of fun – change it up every 12 weeks or so.

Tell me, what would you like to do with your workout?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.