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Today’s blogger: Marissa Stephenson, Shape’s assistant fitness editor

On Saturday I was lying on the couch, trying to get motivated to work out. I thought about my typical routine—a few free-weight exercises, a half-hour on the elliptical, and two sets of crunches—and nixed the trip to the gym altogether because it sounded so blah. I needed new ideas, stat! So I did some digging and found three nifty Web sites that can breathe some new life into my workout—and yours. Check them out, and let me know if you’ve found any cool ones lately. For $30, you can download a 45-minute video bootcamp workout to your computer or MP3 player. Two trainers demonstrate the cardio and strength moves, while a voice-over tells you what to do. It’s just as effective as a live class, but you can do it anywhere. This site lets you download free photos and descriptions of mat Pilates moves. Choose a few, then mix up the order every time you work out. Use the “Running Route” feature to search for trails near you or map a run (or walk) you’ve already done to find out the distance. (On Sunday I strolled from 86th Street and Lexington Avenue to Union Square, and that’s 3.5 miles—not too shabby for window-shopping in Manhattan.)


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