Freshen up your fitness

Feel like you’re in a rut when it comes to your workout? If you’re dreading the treadmill or dragging your feet at dance class, it may be a sign that you need to shake things up. If you don’t like too much change, then just tweak your usual activity. For instance, if yoga is your thing, switch out your go-to Hatha class for Yin Yoga. You’ll challenge your body in new ways and meet a few new friends, too. Want a bigger change? Try these recommendations.

If you’re an adventure seeker…

Book a fitness feat you’ll have to train for. Maybe it’s your first 5K, an exotic yoga retreat, even a hike up Mount Kilimanjaro—whatever you set your sights on, the goal will reinvigorate your workout. The best part? The personal high you feel once you cross the finish line will stay with you, inspiring you in unexpected ways for years to come.

If you’re a spin class junkie…

Skip a class and try Pilates, boxing or Aquafit instead. Always doing the same class is bound to get boring and, more importantly, it won’t challenge your body the way it once did. For full-body fitness, you need to challenge different muscles, not rely on the same ones week after week.

If you’re a gym rat…

Have a personal trainer design a new program for you. You should consider mixing things up every three months—that’s when you’re bound to hit a physical and mental plateau. A new routine offers you the chance to reset your goals and focus on new challenges.