10 killer workouts for bored exercisers

If you have a New Year's resolution that includes exercising, there are many options in Utah Valley. (Stock Photo)

If you have a New Year’s resolution that includes exercising, there are many options in Utah Valley. (Stock Photo)

Not feeling motivated to work out? Don’t sweat it (just yet). Switching up your exercise format or starting something new altogether is often enough to get you excited about working out again. Whether you like to work out solo at the gym, in a group fitness class or in the comfort  of your own home, one of these workouts is bound to break you out of your exercising rut.

1. Hot Hula

This new Pacific Islands-inspired dance workout will work your whole body (with emphasis on the abs, quads, glutes and arms), all to the beat of Polynesian drums and reggae music. No hula experience necessary. Find Hot Hula at the Provo Rec Center or the American Fork fitness center. 

2. Aqua Zumba

Just when you thought the Zumba folks couldn’t get any more creative, now you can Zumba in the water. This low-impact, high-energy workout focuses on toning muscles in a fun, free-flowing way without putting pressure on your joints. Check your local gym or recreation center’s schedule for Aqua Zumba classes.

3. Sworkit

This free circuit training app means you don’t have excuses not to exercise. Whether you’re on vacation, you don’t have a gym membership or you’re or sitting in front of the TV, Sworkit allows you to work out anywhere and customize the time and format (yoga and stretching, cardio, strength, core or your own combination) of your workout.

4. Full body HIIT workout

If you’ve only got 20 minutes to spend at the gym but want a good hard workout, this one’s for you. Teri of “A Foodie Stays Fit” combines interval running and upper-body weights for a powerful full-body workout that will leave you feeling strong (and happy to have only spent 20 minutes at the gym).

5. PiYo Strength home DVD

PiYo Strength is a modern fusion of yoga and Pilates to make an upbeat, on-your-feet, calorie-burning workout. PiYo is low impact and packs the benefits of stretching and lengthening your body while building your core and other muscles. PiYo is offered at the Provo Rec Center, Gold’s Gym, UVU’s Student Life and Wellness center and the Lehi Legacy Center. Find the new at-home workout DVDs here.

6. Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30” DVD 

If you’re looking for an at-home workout DVD that is worth your time and money, think Jillian Michaels. Her 3-2-1 interval system combines strength and cardio to guarantee a full-body, calorie-burning fest. We are big fans of Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” DVD. The three levels of intensity allow you to work up to the advanced section of the DVD at your own pace and keep your workouts from getting boring. Just invest in some weights and you’ve got your own home gym.

7. Aerial yoga

Aerial yoga is yoga using silks for increased balance and extension. (Read: awesome Instagram photo). This class will  improve your balance, flexibility, blood flow and mobility while giving you a great workout. Try it at Lab Fitness Studio in Orem.

8. Xtend Barre

Whether you miss your days in ballet or you’ve never donned a tutu in your life, Xtend Barre in Provo will make you feel like a ballerina while toning every little muscle you didn’t know you had.

9. Pop Sugar 10-minute full body workout

We know. We had you at 10 minutes. And if you think you don’t have time to work out for 10 minutes, you’re fooling yourself. Bonus: No equipment required. Click here for Pop Sugar’s 10-minute full body workout.

10. “The Happy Gal” 100 workout

The countdown style of this workout makes it go by faster and makes it feel more doable. But we guarantee you’ll be sore afterwards. You know — the good kind of sore that makes you feel like your body is improving. Bring The Happy Gal’s easy-to-follow workout instructions to the gym or do them at home.

BONUS: This treadmill-dance routine, but proceed with caution.


Kim calls Utah Valley home, but she spent her high school years in Australia, where she learned to drive on the other side of the road and tolerate Vegemite. Since earning an English degree at BYU, Kimberly has worked for Covenant Communications, Utah Valley Magazine, Daily Herald and Eat My Words. When she isn't writing, Kim loves traveling, teaching Pilates, and spending time with her husband and three children. Read more from Kim at talkingwordy.com.

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