5 Tips for Enhancing your Workout Routine
Establishing a workout routine can be difficult enough, but what happens when you get bored of doing the same thing over and over again? If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and need to spice up your routine, look no further. Pulseroll, who manufacture and sell the next generation of vibration training and recovery tools, are here to share their five best tips to enhance your workout routine, so you can get the results you’ve been looking for!
Train with your friends
Studies show that when you lift weights in front of a group of people, you can typically lift more than if you’re on your own. It may be due to feeling competitive against your peers, or simply that you want to impress them with your abilities. Whatever the reason, working out with others seems to push you harder!
Getting social with your friends won’t just enhance your workout routine. Research also shows that spending time with your friends can lower stress levels, improve mood, encourage positive health behaviours, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve illness recovery rates. So grabbing your buddy or friend you simply workout with will also do wonders for your mental health.
With so many health benefits to spending time with your friends, it’s definitely time to plan your next group activity!
Add ankle weights
A small but effective change. Adding ankle weights to your workout will add a bit more resistance and help to get that blood pumping even more!
Ankle weights can be effective in weighted sessions, but are also helpful during cardio to make your run, cycle, swim or walk even more challenging.
Other benefits of using ankle weights during your workout include:
- You’ll burn more calories – therefore lose weight quicker (if that’s your goal)
- They boost your endurance levels – making you fitter and stronger
- They strengthen your breathing muscles which will help you exercise harder
Try something new
Going to a new fitness class or trying a new activity can be daunting at first, but there’s no better way to change up your routine than to add something new.
You could try a new sport or activity such as swimming or yoga. You could join a local club and try adult gymnastics, or become the latest member of your town’s cricket team.
Set yourself a time slot each week to try something new and you may find something that works really well for you! It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet new people and boost your mental health and confidence.
Trying something new has a whole host of other benefits:
- Improves your brain and body
- Slows down time
- Helps you gain a sense of accomplishment
- Increases your confidence
Do things you’re bad at
Hear us out, this could be the challenge you need to see improvements.
We tend to stick to things we’re good at, which is fine, but it means you’re not improving in your weak areas. The result? The things you’re not good at will just remain weak! If you want to see real improvements and have that sense of accomplishment, practice the things you’re bad at.
You may need to force yourself at first to find the motivation, but we promise it’ll all be worth it!
Use muscle recovery equipment
Who actually warms up and cools down after a workout? It’s usually the last thing you want to do but it’s so important.
Incorporating muscle recovery equipment can take away the hassle and essentially do the hard work for you. You could try a vibrating foam roller which doesn’t require as much physical movement as using a standard foam roller. The technique is to apply pressure and gently lean into tight spots which can help you feel a lot less sore after exercise as well as improve flexibility and mobility.
Other benefits of foam rolling include:
- Reducing the likelihood of next day soreness (DOMs)
- Increase range of motion
- Improve flexibility
- Increase blood flow
- Reduce lactic acid
- Decrease the likelihood of needing to visit a costly physio
- Restore elasticity to the fascia
- Boost your performance
We hope that this article has helped you think up some new ways to enhance your workout routine. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all way of doing things, but by switching your routine up you’re more likely to stick to it without getting bored.
Most importantly, don’t forget to cool down after your workout with a piece of recovery equipment such as a foam roller or massage gun. Get your hands on a scientifically proven piece of kit from the perfect recovery partner – Pulseroll.