We all get stuck in ruts – whether it’s your job, hobbies, diet, or your workout routine. It’s easy to be so bored with your usual workout that you just decide to quit, or take a small break. Not only do you get burnt out, but your muscles need to be challenged as well. Here are my top 5 tips for getting out of your workout rut.
- New playlist – Music is my savior when it comes to exercise. I see some people reading while they work out, and I just can’t bring myself to do it. I really need music to get pumped up. I have made many playlists for my spin classes, but I also use them for my own workouts. Since I use them so much, it’s easy to get tired of the same music. When that happens, I make a new playlist. Spotify is my choice for music. I have the premium membership which allows unlimited music and playlists. Plus, you can browse for new music based on genres, such as “Cardio workout”, “Power workout”, etc.
- New class – If you go to a gym, you may have a certain class you love going to. If that starts to get too easy or boring, switch it up! Even if it’s something totally out of your comfort zone, you never know until you try it. I used to be extremely intimidated by spin, and obviously now, I’m borderline obsessed! I have tried other classes – yoga, step, pilates, Zumba – but spin and boot camp classes are my favorite. It was still fun to try something new, even when I wasn’t very good at it (my Zumba moves are laughable!).
- Get a buddy – Finding a workout buddy can be helpful in many ways. They can motivate you, encourage you to try new things, and hold you accountable! You’ll feel bad if you stand up your friend at 5:30 am for a workout! This can work if you go to a gym, or not – just go for a jog/walk/bike ride with a friend if weather permits. It can also make the time go by faster if you have someone with you.
- Try new equipment – A lot of people I talk to are scared to try new equipment, especially at the gym. But this can be something you end up loving, so don’t rule this out! Many gyms have coaches that can help you learn how to use the machine correctly. If you need more in-depth help, hire a trainer to help you with free weights. I used to be a cardio-queen, but found out that I actually love lifting once I started. There are also many ways you can take your existing routine and make it more challenging. You can always add more weight, add reps, or add something like a Bosu balance trainer to change things up. These provide a great way to add a bit of a challenge to your workout. If they have one at your gym, try it out! It’s good for core strength and balance, as well.
- Change of scenery – I’m definitely a gym rat. I love the energy I feel from going to the gym, seeing others, and of course, all of the awesome equipment! But, I have been slowly acquiring workout equipment to use at home. I bought a used spin bike, I have resistance bands, a yoga mat, a stability ball, and a few free weights. While I’m far from a complete gym, this allows me to change things up when I need to. Some days, I either don’t feel like going to the gym, or I just need to stay home for some reason. Whatever you prefer, try to change up your scenery every now and then to make things more exciting. If you are usually indoors, walk or jog outside. Find a great trail or park to move a bit and get some fresh air! If you usually work out at home or outside, ask about being a guest at a gym to see if there is anything you like!
Don’t give up on exercise just because you feel bored or not challenged. Keep exploring options until you find something you love! I have found it’s not a one-size-fits-all experience. I love cycling, but I have friends who love running -which I pretty much despise. But that’s okay! It’s important to keep active no matter what you find is best for you!
What do you do to keep yourself from getting bored with your workout? Comment below!