For many of us, the decision to go work out is a constant battle of willpower, even if we did set a New Year’s resolution back in January.
Boredom and fatigue are two big reasons people start to slack off from their weekly gym sessions. Without variety, it’s easy to become bogged down by the tedium of exercise. As our eyes glaze over, we are immediately drawn to the comforts of the familiar: staying home, in bed, watching TV, doing literally anything other than running another mile on this treadmill.
Fortunately, working out doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are many ways to find joy in exercise!
One great way to keep the monotony at bay is to switch up your workouts every few weeks. Adding variety to your exercise routine can help you stay on track in the long run and keep you from feeling stuck in a rut.
Below are four steps you can take to get back on track and rediscover your love for fitness.
1) Plan for Success
No matter what your fitness goals are, if you don’t approach your workouts with positivity and determination, your plans may eventually fail. Physical activity should not be a punishment.
Instead of approaching your fitness routine as something you “have to do,” try setting a more positive tone to your activities. If you’re having an especially rough day trying to get the motivation to work out, remember why you wanted to start exercising in the first place. Did you want to get healthier, lose weight, or reduce your stress? Keep these aspirations in mind as you prepare for your workout and stay focused on the positive.
2) Explore New Activities
Many people fall into the trap of believing that physical activity means you must spend hours in a gym lifting weights and running on a treadmill to see positive results, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Physical activity comes in so many forms – from fast-paced CrossFit workouts to calming yoga sessions, to swimming laps. Take the time to explore new activities and opportunities around you.
Make a list of any activities that you want to try and schedule a beginner’s class to see if it’s the right activity for you. Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing? What about kickboxing, or biking? You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you like these new activities. Eventually, those Netflix binge sessions will become a little less tempting.
3) Coordinate Your Workouts
Set a weekly schedule of workout and rest days, giving yourself enough time to recover between those extra hard workout days. To avoid fatigue from overtraining, try organizing your days so you’re doing something different every day of the week.
- Try out a group class at your local gym.
- Prioritize working on strengthening a specific area of the body each day.
- Separate your cardio days from your strength training days.
- Coordinate a workout day with friends and family members.
- Try working out at different times of the day. Some people feel energized after working out in the morning, while others feel sluggish if they don’t work out in the evening.
- Take one or two “active rest days” a week by going for a walk. Walking or running outdoors in nature can also help you feel restored.
4) Record Your Progress
One valuable, but often overlooked item that everyone should carry in their gym bag is a fitness journal. Keeping a record of your exercises can help you track and update progress towards your goals. Whenever you’re feeling down or unmotivated, flip through your fitness journal and see how far you’ve progressed. This journal can be a powerful driving force to keep you driven to continue your fitness journey.
Don’t like to write? There’s an app for that. Many fitness apps can also help you track your progress and update your goals, all without a pen and paper.
Take Care of Yourself
Remember, working out doesn’t have to be a chore. By switching up your routine and focusing on activities you really enjoy, you can learn to restore your enthusiasm for fitness.
However, if working out is literally a pain, schedule an appointment with Airrosti. Our providers are trained to accurately diagnose and treat the source of any aches or pains. Our goal is to get you back on your feet fast, so you can continue doing the activities you love most.
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