Routine Getting Boring? Here’s How to Switch Up Your Workout

We all know exercise is important, but sometimes it’s hard to feel motivated when your routine begins to feel a bit stale or even monotonous.

Issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercises, or 75 minutes to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

Research shows the many benefits of incorporating strength training and aerobic exercise into your exercise routine and they certainly have their (important!) place in a workout regime. However, they are not the only ways to get your minutes in. It’s also important to remember what the best type of exercise is – the one you actually do! Next time you’re becoming bored of your current workout routine and need some ideas to keep it fresh, check out the list below:

  • Try out a new type of group exercise class! Many gyms offer classes of varying format, length, and experience level. Check out the class schedule of your local gym and sign up for a class that interests you. There are many options to choose from such as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), Barre, Cycling, and Pilates.
  • Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill! The possibilities are endless. Why not check out a local dance studio to sign up for a Ballet class or a “Salsa 101” event? If dancing isn’t your cup of tea, see if any local community centers offer swimming lessons so you can learn or improve upon that skill! Want something a bit more physical? See if you have any Mixed Martial Arts gyms nearby and sign up for a beginner class!
  • Get involved with your children’s sports teams! If you have kids that play sports, volunteer to coach or help out with the team.
  • Join a sports team yourself! Many towns have their own “club sports” that you can join. Options typically include kickball, frisbee, volleyball, soccer, flag football, and more!
  • Invite your friends to an activity! Next time you meet up with a friend, instead of grabbing coffee or lunch, suggest a more active option. Some ideas are rock climbing, bowling, and paintballing.
  • Go out in nature! Go for a hike or, if you’d prefer a lower-intensity option, opt for a walk around your neighborhood or a local park. Walking not your thing? Go for a bike ride!



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Physical activity guidelines for Americans. Retrieved April 21, 2023, from


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One Reply to “Routine Getting Boring? Here’s How to Switch Up Your Workout”

  1. Fantastic advice! Breaking the monotony of a routine is crucial for sustained motivation and progress. Your tips on switching up workouts provide a refreshing perspective and inspire new ideas. Time to inject some excitement into my fitness journey!

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