I’m going to be really honest here – I’ve been feeling pretty demotivated when it comes to the gym recently.
This time last year I had just trained for and ran my first 10k in just an hour but now that seems like a distant memory.
Until recently, I was barely making time to do one or two weights workouts a week – a far cry from the 5x a week I was doing then.
I’ve always been pretty good when it comes to making time for exercise, but I’ve managed to get in the same ruts as everyone else.
My life has got so incredibly busy this year, even busier than before, and it’s managed to slip.
It’s taken a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding ways to get back into a regular regime, but you don’t have to wait for a Monday, a 1st of the month or January to get fit.
There are some that take comfort in doing specific routines at the gym. I now have a specified day for push, pull and leg workouts.
This is good in a lot of ways because the equipment is familiar, The thing is, the more repetitive the exercise, the quicker it becomes boring.
To keep me from getting bored, I started looking at other ways to keep fit and exercise that could fit in with my existing routine.
Being able to mix it up and keep your body guessing is good for your body and mind!
I’ve started doing yoga when I get home to wind down, and try to clear my mind of all the days clutter.
Another good way to mix things up is by opting for different classes. While high intensity, a Zumba workouts can be really fun.
A Zumba workout can be so fun, but the social aspect is also very inclusive. Having a laugh with with friends once or twice a week in such a high energy environment can make working out feel like more than just getting fit.
When you want to work out, adding a swim in twice a week can make a difference to the way you concentrate your energy and swimming is much lower impact than pounding it out on the treadmill.
Being bored during a workout is so detrimental to your level of motivation.
You need to feel inspired and happy to continue your exercise routine and head for your weight loss goals, and if you are becoming bored then you need to make changes.
The worst thing you could possibly do is give up, so avoid doing that if you can. If you give up, you will find yourself back to square one and feeling terrible about yourself quicker than you’d imagine.
The key to continuing a good exercise routine is to keep it interesting. The last thing you need is to waste your gym membership by simply choosing to stop.
Dance, swimming and meditational exercises can be so different for your body than straight cardio and weight-lifting, which is why mixing these together can be better for your body and your mindset.
Exercise can often feel like a chore, so making it fun and something to look forward to a change the way you view exercise altogether.
So, when the time comes that running the same miles gets tedious, it’s time to inject a little fun and a lot of music to your routine!
Anyway, I hope these tips have helped!