We all struggle to make it through our workouts some days. It can be helpful to find new tricks to keep yourself motivated through that second, third, or even eighth mile on the treadmill/road, or to power through another rep with the barbell.
Even the biggest creatures of habit can benefit from switching things up every now and then. We’ve put together a few ideas to help keep things fresh during your workouts.
1) Mix Things Up
If you workout at home write down different workout moves on a sheet of paper, tear each one off, fold them up, and throw them into a bowl, draw one at random until you’ve emptied the bowl. You could also do this with a note on your phone, make a list, close your eyes and point to your screen. Wherever your finger lands is your next set.
2) Find a Workout Buddy
If you really struggle to make it to the gym on Thursdays, find a friend who’s available that night, set a time and a place and a workout regimen that you are both comfortable with and go… no matter what. This keeps you both accountable, plus gives you an excuse to hang out.
3) Think Outside the Box
You don’t have to climb on the elliptical, or jump in the squat rack to be “exercising” - grab a hula-hoop and go nuts. Have small kids? Lay on the floor and play “airplane”, use your legs and arms to lift them up repeatedly. This gives you quality time with the kiddos, plus your arms will get a workout (and probably your abs too from laughing so much)! That’s a win-win in our book!
4) Sign Up for A Class
Keep seeing those flyers for a Zumba or Spin Class and get curious? Go sign up. It will keep things fresh, and push your comfort zone. Who knows, it might just become your new favorite way to exercise. Don’t worry - no one is looking at you, they are all way too concerned about who’s looking at them to notice you, we promise!
5) Make a New Playlist
If you know every time you hop on the treadmill you run out of steam around that two mile mark, make a “treadmill playlist” that has two songs that are either faster paced or that make you think of happy memories near the time it takes you to hit your two mile marker - this will help you take your mind off watching the mile readout increase and before you know it you’ll be on to that third mile just like that.
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