I SO need today’s post by guest blogger, Christine Kane! Here are 5 tips that are sure to kick us out of our exercise ruts – just in time for the warmer weather and shedding some of that winter weight.
If you’ve found yourself blowing off workouts and making excuses not to hit the gym or lace up your shoes repeatedly then it might be that you’ve finally hit a big brick wall in terms of your workouts. Exercise slumps happen to the best of us, and can be extremely frustrating and demotivating.
But before you toss in the towel you may just need to shift your perspective to find a renewed sense of motivation. Try some of these tips to help beat the slump:
1. Take a break
To those of us who are hardcore exercise enthusiasts this is a tough one to swallow. Take a break? Not me, there’s no way I could ever do that! But sometimes the best way to revive your love for exercise is to take a break and let your body rest for a bit before it starts to crave working out again. This can range anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but once that spark is gone sometimes it’s your body’s way of telling you it needs a break.
2. Change it up
The great thing about exercising is there is no set way to do it. If you’re a runner who has a severe case of running burnout then hit the weight room or bust out a bike and ride the trails, and if you’re a step class junkie then try a different exercise class like kickboxing or yoga. There are so many different ways to get in and stay in shape that it’s virtually impossible not to find new and exciting ways to love it.
3. Switch up the intensity
Going for long, steady-paced walks or runs every day or hitting the weight room and lifting the same sets of weights is great, but if you’ve hit a wall and don’t feel like you’re improving or don’t want to do it anymore then try changing up the intensity. Start incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training) by alternating easy minutes of exercise with harder minutes, or graduate up to a heavier set of weights to start feeling the burn again. At some point things will become stagnant which is a good sign that you’re ready to tackle something harder.
4. Change the way you workout
If you normally workout by yourself try working out with a friend to make the time fly by faster. If you normally workout with others, then approach it solo to find some solitude. And if you normally work out without music then turn on the tunes and vice versa. Even the smallest of changes can make the biggest differences when you’re battling an exercise slump.
5. Set new goals
If you’re personal record as far as running distance goes is running a 5k then sign up and start training for a 10k. If you’ve been debating entering a fitness competition then there’s no better time than the present. If you’re interested in teaching yoga then start getting certified. Sometimes the best way to find renewed motivation is to set new goals that you can work on and push towards.
Exercise slumps aren’t the end-all to your fitness days, so don’t be discouraged if you find yourself in a rut, just try taking different steps towards getting out of it. You’ll be back at it in no time.
About the Author
This Guest post is by Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet service for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.
Do you have a tip to share with us in how you get out of your exercise ruts?