The key to keeping up with an exercise routine for so many of us is having variety in our workouts. Doing the same workout routine every single day can get pretty boring and cause us to throw in the towel all together. I love to mix up my workouts. Changing things up constantly ensures that I work a variety of muscle groups and that I keep those muscles confused. Doing the same workout day in and day out will cause your body to adapt and you’ll eventually stop seeing progress. I also find that I actually look forward to my workouts when they vary from day to day.
I’m also a big fan of go anywhere/do anywhere types of exercises. These are the types of workouts that you can do in your living room just as easily as you would in the gym. They’re also great for traveling, as you can perform the exercises right in your hotel room! You can get a killer workout without using any equipment at all—just relying on your body’s own weight.
To satisfy both of these criteria I just created a new mobile workout actually does require some equipment—but it’s small enough to fit in your pocket. All your need are one or two dice!
(Don’t have dice to roll? No problem—here’s a virtual dice roller that you can use!)
Here’s how you can create your own Roll the Dice workout:
- On a piece of paper, list the numbers 1 – 12.
- After each number, write a different exercise.
- Roll one or two dice (you can alternate using one or both). Match the number shown on the dice to the exercise written on your list.
- Perform the exercise for 30 seconds (or a specific number of reps).
- Keep rolling the dice for as long as you want your exercise session to last.
Your workout can vary in the level of intensity depending on the exercises that you list and the number of times that you roll the dice. You can choose a specific muscle group (or groups) to focus on or create a full-body workout—it’s up to you to decide which moves you want to include.
Here’s an example of a cardiovascular workout that fires up the muscles of the lower body workout:
January 21st, 2014