Are you losing your workout mojo?
Has your exercise routine become boring and un-motivating?
Do you find yourself making excuses to avoid the gym? And when you do go are you dragging yourself there, only to go through the same motions, without any real connection to what you are doing?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you, my friend, have found yourself in a workout Rut! And I must warn you, that right around the corner from this Mr. Rut is his ugly friend Quitter. Because once you have been in a workout rut long enough, you will eventually quit.
Why wouldn’t you quit? You’re feeling discouraged, you’re bored, and you’re probably no longer seeing results, if you ever were to begin with!
Not a good place to be, I know.
But don’t despair! It’s happened to the best of us. And this time it’s not going to happen to you.
I’m not going to let you quit!
ou know why? You’ll just feel worse about yourself, and eventually you’ll have start all over again. That doesn’t sound fun, does it?
In my experience, the key to lasting fitness results is periodic change. Whether it’s a whole new training method or a simple shift in workout schedule, change almost always leads to RESULTS and motivation.
If you are no longer getting the results you desire, are struggling to stick to your routine, or are just plain bored, try changing ONE thing immediately. ONE CHANGE is enough!
Don’t go changing up everything or you’ll just get overwhelmed, and you also won’t know which of the new things is actually working. So change one thing and stick with it for at least 2-3 months, and then see if there is something else you might change.
Here are some ideas
1. Try different equipment: If you predominately train with machines, try switching to free weights. Mainly lift with barbells? Try using dumbbells. What about adding resistance bands to some of your exercises? Once per week I do a complete lower body routine using just bands.
2. Try a different modality: If you’re a bodybuilder, might a restorative yoga or Pilates class once per week bring a little balance to your body? On the flip side, if your weekly routine only consists of yoga or jogging you would most certainly benefit from swapping out 2-3 of those days for resistance training.
3. Try changing your workout schedule: Find out how your body responds when you shift from evening workouts to morning workouts, or vice versa.
There are countless ways you can make a change to produce results. These are just examples. Experiment to find out what works best for you right now. Remember, fitness is an extension of your life – a living breathing entity that must evolve with you, never against you.