Every once and while I go through a funk where every workout I do just feels boring, hard, or uninteresting. The period can last anywhere from one workout to months. Usually when this happens it means that I need to take a step back to assess what I’m doing and why. My fitness routine is best when I have something to train towards, whether it be a race, or a beach vacation.
This article from FitSugar this morning has some great tips for reassessing your fitness routine when you’re going through workout fatigue. I have added my personal comments on each tip as well.
5 Ways to Freshen Up your Fitness Routine via FitSugar
1. Start fresh: Time to look through your workout gear. Donate any old equipment you don’t use anymore, clear out your workout wardrobe, and take a peek into your gym bag. Clearing away all the excess, old, and germ-y gear can help you recommit to your routine. Read our tips for donating old running shoes and cleaning your gym bag.
I personally will add, that nothing gives me an extra boost more than getting to wear a new outfit to the gym (does this make me totally lame?)
2. Reassess your routine: Feeling bored? You may not be challenging yourself. Check your routine — if it’s been awhile since you switched it up, then now’s the time to get a new one. Our printable workouts will help you switch up your routine.
A few months ago I fell into a slump and that is how I discovered high intensity interval training (post about that here). A change is always welcome!
3. Make a goal: Having a specific goal helps motivate you to commit to a workout and can make it all that more fun as well. Sign up for a race, take a beginner yoga class workshop, or challenge your friends to some friendly workout competition.
My most recent challenge: training for the Soldier Field 10 Mile. I am NOT a runner. But committing to at least one race yearly keeps things interesting (and I don’t burn out on running, which is easy for me to do.
4. Seize the weekend: If your workouts consist of time-constrained weekday workouts, then it’s time to incorporate something that’s both active and fun into your weekend. Round up your family and take a long hike, or catch up with an old friend at gentle yoga class.
I recently moved to the Gold Coast, so my favorite weekend “active recovery” exercise has become walking on the lakefront path over the weekend.
5. Find your inspiration: Sometimes, it just takes a few wise words or a healthy success story to spur you back into action. Use your friend’s successful 10-pound weight loss or motivating fitness quotes on Pinterest to help you find your enthusiasm.
Again, back to the Soldier Field race, Lauren is set on PRing, so her motivation and drive have pushed me to train harder. I know I’ll be happy about that when it’s over (right now…. not so much )
Anyone else suffer from periodic workout fatigue? How do you deal with it?