We all know about the positive implications a great workout will provide to you. But that doesn’t make it easier to get to the gym when you are unmotivated, unenergized, and would rather just relax.
If you don’t enjoy the exercises you are doing, and you need to pull yourself off the couch in order to get to the gym, then you will struggle to stay motivated for a prolonged period of time.
You should enjoy exercising and there’s a lot of things you can do to make you fall in love with working out, even if you are currently down on yourself. If you are struggling to motivate yourself to get to the gym, then below are some things you can do to fall back in love with exercising.
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Take a break
Every now and then, you might just need to take a short break from your regular fitness routine. As humans, we can become tired, sluggish, and it becomes harder to find the motivation we need to continue with our daily workout regime.
If it’s needed, a short break can do wonders for you to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back on track. A short break might make you feel sluggish and pathetic but, in the long term, it will help you stay committed to improving your physical health.
Do some research
Every now and then, when I’m questioning my routine and the work I’m doing in the gym, I sit down and do some reading online. I read about how certain exercises are impacting my body and why I should continue in the long-term.
Oftentimes, I’ll also sit down and read about the latest trends in the fitness industry. New equipment, techniques, and ideas are constantly being released within the fitness industry and most are worth looking into. If you take the time to stay on top of the latest fitness trends within the industry, you might just find one that peaks your interest.
By keeping yourself informed, your passion for fitness will continue to grow – along with your knowledge.
Re-inventing your workout
1) Change who you workout with
Do you work out alone – or do you workout with someone else? Both are fine, but you might want to consider changing it up if you find yourself falling out of love with working out.
If you workout with another person – or a group of people – then you should look into going off on your own. There are many benefits of working out alone that can give you a freedom like you’ve never felt before while working out.
On the contrary, finding the perfect partner to workout with can infuse a new excitement into your fitness regime and the workout you are doing. A partner can also motivate you to keep going, push you farther than you’ve been before, and add a social aspect to what you’re doing.
2) Switch up your routine
Like anything, your fitness routine can get stale. If you’ve been doing the same routine day-after-day and week-after week, then you’ll just get plain bored.
Find a new routine that excites you and gives new life to your fitness aspirations. This could include trying out new machines in your gym, new exercises, or your approach to the workout. If you like the exercises you do, then just do them backwards and see if that will infuse a new excitement into what you’re doing.
3) What time do you usually go to the gym?
This is a simple one. If you currently wake up early and go to the gym, then try going in the evening. If you do it later in the day, a morning workout will be a nice change – and might provide you with a new energy for the rest of your day.
4) Do you go to a local gym or workout at home?
I enjoy switching up where I workout. One day, I’ll head to my local gym and take advantage of the great equipment, and the next day I’ll have a peaceful workout in my own at-home gym.
If you can, try and switch up the location of where you are working out. It’ll provide a fresh outlook on what you’re doing and energize you to keep at it. Your local gym will have all of the equipment you need, but being alone in your own home is convenient and accessible.
5) Workout outdoors
The great outdoors is another viable option as a workout location you can try out.
You can find affordable equipment to use in your outdoor workout, as well as some great outdoor workouts to mix up your routine. The fresh air will really provide a boost to your mood and help you instill your love for working out all over again!
There are things you can do to fall back in love with exercising
No matter what level you are at with your fitness routine, there’s a workout for you and a routine that you will love.
If you are struggling with your fitness goals and can’t seem to dive into your current routine, then I hope some of these above tips can help you fall back in love with exercising!
What do you do to stay motivated to work out? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Author bio: Darcy Cudmore is a Journalism graduate from Canada who enjoys learning and writing about new topics. Find him with a Stephen King book in his hands, while cheering on the Ottawa Senators.