I’ve been working out three to four days each week for the last decade. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone more than a week without some form of exercise. It just doesn’t happen. With a dedication to exercise can also come a ton of monotony and boredom. Over the last decade I’ve tried everything from kickboxing, HIIT workouts, weight training to hot yoga, training for half marathons, barre, latin dancing, rock climbing and the list goes on and on. I’ve had a gym membership my entire adult life and fitness is now in my blood and a huge part of who I am. However, like anything in life no matter how much you love something it can eventually start to feel like a chore. I definitely don’t claim to know it all when it comes to fitness but I have learned some valuable tools over the years that have helped me fight the feeling of being burnt out with working out. I hope they help you too!
Find yourself running the same streets and trails over and over? Take your run to a completely different location like the beach or a busy downtown area to help your focus shift to something else. Most likely you try to grab the same treadmill at the gym or the same location to do your squats or push-ups. Bottom line, we’re all creatures of habit. By taking your workout to a new location your energy and excitement will be taken to a different level right along with your state of mind!
Make Exercise Fun
Ditch the gym for stand up paddle boarding in the summer or hit the slopes for skiing in the winter. Get outside, breathe some fresh air and change it up. Make a conscious effort to activate muscles and think about that calorie burn, while still having a blast. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring! Even a hike that gets your heart rate up or a run with your dog at the park can completely change your day around.
Do Something You Hate
Seem counterintuitive? Just hear me out. I can never decide what I hate more, barre class or swimming. Two forms of exercise that I know have exponential benefits, but just can’t bring myself to love. Two things happen when I conquer a workout that involve these activities. One is that it makes me appreciate the other exercises I do regularly a whole lot more. Nothing has me running back to my high intensity interval training quicker than the day after I’ve done barre. Second, sometimes the exercises we dislike are the ones we need the most. I resisted yoga for years because I hated even the idea of it. Now I’m an avid yogi and it’s completely changed my life. Every once in awhile try something you think you hate, you never know where it might lead.
It can be easy to not have any real goals related to your fitness routine. No matter how beginner or advanced you are set some new goals for yourself. I’ve struggled my entire life to master pull-ups and have also wanted to master handstands in yoga. I’ve been working out for years but still have these goals in the forefront of my mind. When I legitimately conquer handstands I will be buying some sweet new yoga pants. Set a goal whether it’s one push-up or handstand push-ups and when you crush it reward yourself and then eyes focused on the next prize!
This is the hardest thing to do for those extremely dedicated to exercise, believe me, I’ve been there. It’s similar to relationships in that sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Even a day or two, or dare I say three days away from the gym may be just what you need to change your perspective. I used to be that person that thought I was failing if I didn’t work out five days a week, now I sometimes settle for three or four depending on what my body needs or how much time I have. I’ve also noticed my workouts are better when I focus on quality over quantity.
Cat and Lauren are two best friends who started The Resource Girls to encourage and empower women to be themselves! We’re two girls who survived our twenties as strong, successful, independent women in this crazy world. We blog about fashion, fitness, finance, food and friendship but most of all loving ourselves and embracing who we are.
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