The physical aspect of wellness hinges on nutrition, and of course exercise. And while most of us love variety when it comes to food, we don’t always have the same mindset as far as working out is concerned. Routines, habits, go-to moves… these become the foundation of daily exercise, and all too often they can lead you into a fitness rut. So what can you do to avoid complacency, and keep your workouts fun and diverse? Here are some tips to help you stay motivated and engaged while working on your physical health.
Make It a Game
You can get more enjoyment – and results – out of your workout by simply having more fun while doing it. A great way to do this is to make a game out of your routine. For example, if your go-to workout is a 30 minute jog on the treadmill, switch it up so that every minute you sprint you get 5 points. When you make it to 100 points, reward yourself with some new sneakers, a good book, or lunch at your favorite spot. You can also make it a real game by joining a recreational sports league, racing club, or similar.
Keep Track of Results
Another great way to avoid fitness boredom is to track your results. This does not necessarily hinge on your weight. Instead, keep track of how far you run each day, how much you can lift, or how many notches you’ve gone down on your belt. A month down the road, you will get the thrill of realizing you can run farther and faster, you can lift more or do more reps, and your waist has shrunk. Experiencing results will spur you to keep on keeping on.
Broaden Your Horizons
This might be the simplest way to avoid exercise laziness: try something new! Mixing up your workout routine with new activities, or even trying a new class with a friend can help you experience better results and enjoy doing it. If you are always on the stationary bike, get outside and go for a jog with your headphones. If you are getting tired of your 5:30 A.M. yoga class, hit the park after work for some pick up basketball. Bottom line: mix it up for better mental and physical benefits.
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Story Credit: 17 Science-Backed Ways To Bust Out Of A Workout Rut by Alexandra Duron
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