Fitting exercise into our busy lives is enough of a challenge without the added feelings of being stuck in a rut. Even if you have an awesome exercise routine it’s easy to get bored of it and stop seeing the desired results.
Here are my top 5 tips to break through your exercise rut:
1. Hire a Personal Trainer
If you haven’t worked with a personal trainer before you will love the variety that comes with training with someone new. No two sessions will be the same (and if they are, it may be time to find a new trainer). Plus, you can get advice from your trainer about new workout ideas so you can get the results you are looking for. The best part about working with a trainer is that it gives you accountability to turn up, unlike a normal gym session or class. You will pay for the session if you cancel at short notice, so there’s no excuses.
2. Join a Challenge or Bootcamp
It may take some time to find one that suits you but when you do you will know that it’s the right fit. Surrounding yourself with supportive people is one of the best ways to lose weight and stick to an exercise regime. When training in a group, you’ll be pushed to new heights and you may even discover a competitive edge inside you.
3. Sign Up for a Fun Run and Tell Everyone About It
Setting a goal and putting it out there in public drives us harder to achieve. Plus, it keeps us accountable. Don’t worry if you’ve never done an event before. There’s a first time for everything and it really doesn’t matter what position you cross the line. Most fun runs are charity fundraisers so you get to combine fitness with helping others.
4. Try Something New and Fun
The best way to get enthused about exercise is to do something enjoyable… If you’ve always wanted to try surfing then take a learn-to-surf class. Stand up paddle-boarding is one of the fastest growing sports at the moment and that’s because it combines fitness with fun. If you’ve found yoga is a little slow for you, then try a Body Balance class for a faster pace. Boxing is also a really enjoyable activity that combines a really good work-out with fun. The range of sports and classes now on offer is huge so you really can’t use ‘exercise is boring’ any more!
5. Add More Variety
It might be time to change your running or cycle route or take a new class. If you normally exercise in the evening, try a morning session. Shaking things up is often enough to make us feel enthusiastic about exercise again. If you focus on one type of exercise like cardio, it’s probably time to add in some strength training and stretching. Likewise if you only do yoga, your body might be crying out for some cardio and weights sessions. Doing the same thing every time you exercise soon gets monotonous so it makes sense to keep it interesting and mix it up.
Do you have any tips for how to break through an exercise rut? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.