Creative Workouts

Posted On: April 12, 2016 By: Marilyn Gemino Categories: Sports & Fitness

You’re dedicated to working out regularly, but maybe your workout has become a little boring lately. If so, then spruce it up with these creative ideas.

Instead of performing your regular crunches or other ab workout, try writing the alphabet with your moves. Here’s how: while lying on your back, bring your legs up one at a time so that your toes point toward the ceiling. (Tip: You can bend your knees a bit if your hamstrings are a little tight.) Pull your abs in towards your spine, bringing the lower part of your spine towards the floor. (Tip: If your abs are weak, place your palms on the ground underneath your pelvis to give some lift and to help protect your lower back.) Now you’re ready to write! With your toes acting as the point of a pencil, try “writing” the alphabet— in cursive, lowercase letters—on the ceiling. (Tip: The bigger you make the letter, the more you work your abs.)

These can get a little tricky, but have fun with them!

Note: If you don’t care for crunches as much, then this ab exercise works. “Write” the alphabet this way: grab a medicine ball, stand up, holding the medicine ball in front of your chest, and “trace” the alphabet in front of you with the medicine ball. This gives you a good workout, too.

Next up is “throwing the dice” for your workout. Here’s how it works: assign an exercise to each side of your die or dice. (Tip: You can use one die for six exercises or two dice to add more variety with a total of 12 exercises.) You can also assign the length of time to each number, such as 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, etc. Then you perform the “rolled” exercise for the amount of time as what you roll.

So, if you need to add a little creative fun to your workouts, then give these a try.

 

In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.