CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spring is the perfect time to give your workout regimen a little wiggle room. It's all about renewing the mind, body and spirit. If you're someone who replicates the way you exercise day after day, chances are your systems are bored and progress is at a standstill.
In fact, your muscles, heart and lungs are unchallenged by the same old routines, songs, patterns, pace, timing, scenery and probably that worn out T-shirt too. Adding variety in all of the above is the best strategy toward meeting your goals, feeling more energetic and unlocking the fun in fitness.
Human hamster wheel
Is this you? From the Urban Dictionary: The human mounts the device and peddles, strides, rows or pumps their way to nowhere like a hamster on a wheel. We've all either done it or seen it. StairMasters, bikes and rowing machines are some of the machines you can jump on for a mindless cardio workout. However, spending an hour in moderate, steady-state, repetitive movement won't ever give you that strong, lean, durable body you long for.
To make big strides in your fitness level and improve how you look and feel, change the way you move. One way is to simply rev up your steady-state cardio into a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. This is a training technique that alternates between short periods of high-intensity activity and longer periods of low-intensity or recovery activity. HIIT can quickly enhance your performance, stamina, lung power and calorie burn.
Quick-slow walking plan