Do you feel like you’ve hit a rut with your workout routine? Has your weight loss plateaued? It might be time to switch up your workout routine, especially because many gyms are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be easy to get bored or tired with a workout routine. If you find yourself totally dreading workouts—or worse, beginning to skip them entirely—it’s time to switch things up.
Change up your playlist
If you’re listening to the same songs over and over again, it can become too repetitive. Music is supposed to distract you, help you get through difficult moves, and motivate you to keep going. If it’s become too predictable, it’ll no longer be a helpful distraction. Make a new playlist full of the songs that motivate you; they’ll push you through those workouts where you think you can’t possibly do another rep.
Join a group
You may not be able to join an in-person workout group right now, but joining an online group fitness class is a great way to switch up your routine. You’ll meet people who are in a similar position and you’ll get to try new classes. You might even meet a friend that can help hold you accountable, join classes with you, and take walks together (when it is safe to do so).
With gyms closed during the pandemic, you’ve probably been forced to bring your workout indoors. That can get tiresome quickly. Take your workout outside. Pick a scenic trail or your favorite park and go for a walk or hike. After every five minutes, stop to do a few exercises, like jumping jacks and lunges.
Up the intensity
If you’re doing the same exercises day after day, two things can happen: the exercises become easy or they become repetitive and boring. It might be time to up the ante. Do more reps, increase the weight you’re lifting, push your endurance by holding the move longer, or try a more difficult version of the exercise. Randomize your workout by learning new moves. You could even create workout cards and shuffle through the deck to incorporate new exercises during each workout.
Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information
The Lap-Band System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The Lap-Band System is not recommended for non-adult patients (patients under 18 years of age), patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The Lap-Band System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the Lap-Band System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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