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Reinvigorating Your Fitness Routine

Sentimentality aside, most of us do try to let go of possessions that have outlived their usefulness: Shoes with holes in them? So long, old pals. A shirt that's two sizes too big in a color we no longer wear? Donated. A habit we're strong enough to give up? Goodbye!

But we tend to get protective of things that are supposed to be "good for us," even when we sense that we've outgrown them — or that we simply need to update their style.

All this to say: Does your fitness routine still spark joy for you?

Mm-hmm. Here. Put it in this conveniently empty box, and let's talk about some small changes or updates you can make. We'd also love to hear about how you keep your own fitness routines fresh. Share your discoveries with us in the comments below!

  • Go outside. If you're putting off exercising or feeling stuck at the gym . . . go outside. Take a walk around the block. Explore the neighborhood near your job. If you're able, go for a quick bike ride (borrow a helmet if you have to). Give yourself a literally new perspective.

  • Call a friend. Workout time doesn't have to be alone time. In fact, it can lend itself really well to social time. Text, chat, or call a friend, and combine social time with fitness. If one of you has a gym membership, maybe you can do guest memberships or free trials.

  • Reverse your routine. If you're happiest with a set routine and just want to make a tiny change, try simply turning it around. Reverse your walking route or your gym circuit. It works your physical and mental muscles differently!

Need more sparks? Here are a few simple ideas.

Update Your Fitness Routine (via Shape)
When the seasons shift around us, something inside us longs to change and grow along with it. Here, find easy-to-implement inspiration for recalibrating and recharging your routine.

Indoor and Outdoor Workouts (via Juice Plus+)
Rain? No problem. Sunshine? Ditto. Let your mental flexibility help you craft workouts to include your physical flexibility!

Shred10® (via Shred10®)
This 10-day program is a jump-start to a longer program. It's very much about starting where you are right now to shred those aspects of your fitness and other routines that no longer serve you. Perks and longer-term components include an associated Facebook community and a cooking guide.

Our 10 Best Time-Saving Tips for Busy Days (via Real Simple)
Here's a practical guide for those of us who sometimes get caught up in thinking about the details — and have a hard time converting our intentions into actions. Find ides for 10-minute workouts, tips for simplifying, and more.

Spring Clean Your Health Routine (via Juice Plus+)
This thoughtful post offers suggestions for updating not only your physical routine, but also some of the other aspects that feed into your overall well-being.

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