This week's installment of Yoga Living Project is from first time guest author, Rebecca Smith, on diversifying your fitness routines. Peek below to learn 5 ways to switch up your workout and let us know what yout think of them!  We are also always looking for guest writers so do please reach out if you are so called to do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the primary reasons why people stop exercising is because of the monotony of just doing one type of routine every time. When you fall into the habit of just performing the same moves every day, your body gets comfortable and it stops challenging your body. This is also one reason why many people plateau when it comes to their fitness progress.

Another downside of just doing one exercise is the tendency to get bored with the routine. When you already know what to expect and how the workout will go, this can slow down your motivation. If the workout does not excite you anymore, it is much easier to be tempted to just skip your session and to just lounge around and watch TV.

How to keep your exercise routine exciting

To avoid getting into a predictable exercise regimen, it’s very important to you spice up your activities by diversifying your workout. When you engage in different activities, you are constantly challenging yourself and giving your body a different experience every time. It will keep your body guessing plus, you are able to use different muscles and movements regularly.

Another benefit of diversifying your workouts is that you are ensuring that you are getting the maximum benefits of different fitness activities. Engaging in workouts that offer aerobic training, strengthening, core training, balance training and stretching will improve your overall health and wellbeing.

While there are so many different exercises  that you can choose from, here are 5 amazing workouts that are not only beneficial to your fitness, but also fun and exciting, too.

1.     Calisthenics

Many people think that when they hear of a calisthenics exercise and diet routine, this is a complicated fitness program that only high-level gymnasts can practice. However, the beauty of calisthenics is that it is actually a very flexible and convenient type of workout.

Calisthenics is a form of strength exercise that only uses bodyweight as resistance. This means you do not really need additional weights when doing these exercises. Classic bodyweight moves like push-ups, squats, planks, and lunges are just some of the more popular calisthenics exercises.

If you want to level up your routine, you can use pull-up bars to do pull-ups, chin-ups and muscle-ups. You can also use resistance bands, parallel bars and gymnastic rings to supplement your exercises.

Just like the back to basics style of calisthenics exercises, you should also complement your training program with a calisthenics diet that prioritizes whole foods like fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, grains and dairy.

2.     Stretching

When you stretch your muscles, you are improving your flexibility and also improving your range of motion. What this does is help you perform better when you exercise and protects your body from injury. Stretching exercises also help circulate your blood flow and improve your posture. They are also helpful in calming your mental state and relieving stress.

Yoga and Pilates are just two of the best examples of workouts that provide stretching benefits. Yoga has so many different varieties so there’s no reason for you to just stick to one style. There’s Hatha yoga which you can practice when you want a basic, slow session. You can do Vinyasa flow yoga if you want a more dynamic class. If you want a level up experience, you can be more adventurous and try Aerial yoga. Pilates is also a good exercise to stretch and increase flexibility. The add-on is that when you’re doing Pilates, you are also improving your strength at the same time.

3.     Combat Sports

If you want a total body workout that provides cardio benefits and can improve your speed, strength, core strength, balance, and breathing – then trying out combat sports is a great idea. Combat sports is also an incredible way to boost your confidence while at the same time develop your discipline.

You can try out boxing or martial arts like karate, tae kwon do, muay thai or mixed martial arts. Trying out these different classes will be an exciting way to find something you can be passionate for.

4.     Running

Running is one of the most classical ways to train as you are getting cardiovascular benefits and at the same time, toning your legs and core muscles. Running also improves your endurance, breathing and can be a stress-reliever.

5.     Dance

Running is not the only way to get an aerobic workout. Mixing up your routine with different dance classes might just be the thing you need to get excited about moving out of your fitness rut.

There are so many dance classes that you can try out. There are jam and hip hop classes offered by fitness studios, but you can also go on a more traditional route like learning ballroom dancing or even tap dancing.

Is it not difficult and inconvenient to have different workout routines?

In diversifying your fitness program, you don’t need to shop around and sign up for separate fitness sessions. There are now fitness and wellness hubs that offer a variety of activities all in one roof. This makes it easier for people to just go into a one-stop location and find everything they need to better their health and their lives.

If you are a fitness professional, being a part of these co-working spaces is a great way to meet and collaborate with other experts in the industry. These hubs usually provide easy access to state-of-the-art equipment and multi-use studios that can be utilized for different fitness classes.

About the Author:

Rebecca Smith started calisthenics at age 26 as a means to lose weight and tone her body. After completing her first successful muscle up, the amazing feeling inspired her to train further and become a full-time calisthenics instructor. Rebecca also holds a Management Degree and a Diploma in Nutrition.

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