A stale fitness program is like a stale pair of old shoes -- you know how they'll feel and you once loved using them, but you just don't want to go near them anymore. We all need a little variety in our workouts. In fact, an excessively repetitive workout program is a major cause of fitness burnout.
If you're looking to mix things up a little bit, try one of these 30-minute options created by SparkPeople Coach Joe D. They should each be preceded and followed by at least a little stretching and warmup. The only equipment you'll need for most of these exercises are small dumbbells, an inflatable swiss ball or resistance bands. Many are simple "body weight" exercises with no need for equipment at all.
- We recommend a low impact exercise for all warm-ups – bike, elliptical machine, rowing machine, walk (gradually picking up the pace to a fast walk).
- Upper and lower body exercises perform 10-15 reps – Core exercises perform 10-30 reps.