Do you find that after a few weeks of going to the gym at the same time and doing the exact same exercises you become bored?
If your workout gets in a rut, you can feel unmotivated to go to the gym and this can get in the way of accomplishing your fitness goals.
Also, if you always do the same exercise each time you work out, you won’t enjoy the benefit of strengthening all of your muscles. Just sticking to one exercise routine is not the best way to achieve overall fitness and better health.
So what can you do to keep your fitness routine varied and interesting and keep yourself motivated?
Here are some tips:
Try a Class
Check the group exercise class schedule at your gym or your local recreation center. There will likely be a good selection of different classes to attend, such as yoga, dance, Pilates, kick-boxing, step aerobics, and many more.
Make it your goal to try as many as you can until you find your favorite. Classes can be a great way to work out, because you are more likely to push yourself more than when you exercise by yourself.
You will also work different muscle groups, and meet other people who are motivated and living a healthy lifestyle.
Here’s another way to kick start your motivation for working out. When you go to the gym, take a small notebook and pencil with you.
When you do an exercise, such as push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights, swimming lengths do as many as you can without stopping until you just can’t do any more.
Make a note with the date and write down the details of how many you did. Now, your goal for your next workout is to beat all of your past records. You can also make a goal to try a new exercise every time you workout.
Keeping score in this way helps you to track your progress, and it also gives you a goal to aim for. If you are trying to outdo your own performance, you will push yourself harder and be more motivated.
You can even promise yourself a reward if you manage to beat your previous totals, such as going to see a movie or doing something else you enjoy.
Bring a Friend
If one of your friends is moaning about how they need to get in shape, bring them to the gym with you! Most gyms will offer free guest passes or let your friend come for the day at a discounted rate if they are with you.
You can challenge and encourage each other, and teach each other new exercises. Just make sure that you don’t spend all of your time socializing!
These are a few ideas for mixing up your fitness routine and getting yourself motivated.
Have fun working out!