If you don’t enjoy working out, find it too difficult or perhaps not challenging enough, stop the excuses! You can easily modify what you’re doing to have a more effective workout and enjoy it too.
Get a more effective workout with these 4 trainer-approved tips
Simple changes in your daily lifestyle can go a long way. Improving your diet, going for a light jog — these are all examples of ways in which you can simultaneously work on your mental and physical health. To help you get a head start, TODAY spoke with Zuzka Light and Adam Bornstein, two online fitness personalities who offered great advice for those ready to make a change.
1. Change up the workout to fit your own personal needs and ability
“The joy of most exercises is that they all can be adapted and made easier or harder. Everything from the push-up to the squat can be adjusted,” Bornstein says.
There’s flexibility in just about any exercise, and each can be modified to reflect an individual’s level of ability. Bornstein suggests adding weight or adjusting squat routines are both easy ways of getting acclimated to a new exercise while still feeling challenged.
“Most people think of the traditional squat as causing back pain, but you can do single-leg squats or split squats to challenge your lower body without adding much stress to your back.”
The Burpee is one of Light’s favorite moves, which is also easy for anyone starting out.
“It’s an awesome cardio exercise that helps support upper body and core strength. Essentially you go from standing position, jump down into plank, do a push-up and then jump back up into standing position. This exercise done in quick repetition boosts your heart rate and provides a great workout,” Light said.
2. Modify exercises or increase the challenge when necessary
Modifications can be done to lower the intensity of any workout by slowing your pace, stepping (not jumping) into plank, omitting the push-up and just stepping back into a standing position (without the jump).
Not challenged enough? Light says including a squat or doing a jump tuck will ramp up any workout.
“The most important part is that you take your body from standing then to the ground in quick repetition for increased cardiovascular and strength benefits.”
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