Working out on a regular basis is good for your health and improves your fitness level. But if you do the same thing day in and day out, you may find yourself in an exercise rut. When this happens, you’ll notice that you’re not getting the same results from your efforts as you used to. You’ll likely also find that you’re bored with your stale routine and are losing your workout mojo.
Almost everyone gets into an exercise rut at some point in their lives, but just because you find yourself in one doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Getting past your fitness funk is relatively easy. You just have to be willing to change things up and give yourself a reason to become re-energized and invested in your workout.
If your typical exercise routine has you yearning for something more, here are some tips that can help:
Set a New Goal
Very often, we focus on a single goal when we start working out but then once we achieve it, we forget about setting new goals. For example, if you’re a runner and set your sights on finishing a half marathon, it’s time to set another goal once you complete it. Aim to incorporate intervals in your workout to increase speed or switch gears and focus on training for an obstacle race like the Spartan, Savage or Tough Mudder.
Try a New Activity
It’s easy to get into a habit of doing the same thing all the time. If you run, you likely prefer running to other activities. Love to dance? Chances are that most of your workouts involve some type of dance moves or class. But if your routine is getting old, it’s time to try something new. It can be something you’ve never done or something you already enjoy doing but haven’t fit into your schedule lately. You can completely switch from one activity to another for a while, or better yet, incorporate different activities into your weekly routine.
Join a Class or Group
If you tend to workout solo and are finding it hard to get out of your exercise rut, consider joining a class or a group. Working out with others can be just the thing you need to get you excited about fitness again and can push you to tackle new challenges. Even finding a workout buddy can keep you motivated because you’ll know someone else is relying on you. As an added bonus, you can push each other through obstacles that get in the way of forward progress.
Change the Parameters of Your Workout
Download a new playlist, change the location of your workout, switch up your schedule, reverse the order of your workout, use a new fitness tracking app or vary the intensity of your workout. Anything that breathes new life into a stale workout will help get you through your fitness funk.