7 Ways to Beat Your Workout Slump
If you’re like 26.9% of Americans, then your top 2017 New Year’s resolution was to be healthier, most likely by getting into a new workout routine. We are guessing the number of people who are interested in improving their health is much higher than that — it just maybe wasn’t number one on their resolution list. It’s hard not to assume that the majority of Americans are interested in improving their health, as it seems there is news about health everywhere we turn, and options for working out seem far more vast than in the past.
A recent Gallup poll solidified this assumption and found that 51.6% of Americans claimed they exercise at least three days a week for 30 minutes. Health and exercise are certainly on the minds of many Americans, but in our busy world, so are many other things. And, unfortunately, exercise oftentimes gets pushed to the back.
When we are crunched for time, or after a hard day at work, exercise seems like the last thing we want to fit into our hectic schedules. Also, nine months into the year, let’s be honest — we are getting bored with the same old workout routine. At this point, when we do make it to the gym, it’s like we are on auto-pilot and no longer really enjoying the workout to its fullest extent.
However, skipping out on that exercise for whatever reason is not something you want to get in the habit of doing. Regular exercise is crucial to maintaining your overall health. By no means do you need to be running 10 miles a day — even a short 20-minute walk does wonders for your body. So, if you feel like you’re in a major workout slump, and struggling to find the time and motivation to get active, you’re in luck.
Today we are going to share with you 7 ways to kick your workout blues to the curb.
Treat your exercise like an appointment.
We all make appointments for a variety of things — doctor appointments, dentist appointments, hair appointments. By scheduling a certain time and a certain day, we are committing to being there.
Why not treat your exercise the same way? Rather than looking at your exercise as a changeable (and cancellable) thing, act as if your exercise is an appointment. Pencil it into your calendar, and chances are good you’ll find yourself going a lot more often (or dealing with much deeper guilt for not going, which inevitably will lead to you going).
Find an exercise buddy.
In exercise, a workout buddy is often called an “accountability partner.” Why? Because he or she will hold you accountable to make it to your workouts. Pick someone that you can count on to hold you to your word. If you both commit to a yoga class at 7 a.m., but you wake up at 6 a.m. wanting to cancel, knowing that your workout partner will be there alone serves as motivation to push you to get going. Also, working out with someone alongside you can make it a lot more fun. You tend to stay away from slipping into the same old auto-pilot workout if you’ve got the ideas and company of someone else.
Note what you want to change.
We all have a reason for going to the gym. “I want to lose weight.” “I want to lose my bat wings.” “I want to tone my legs.” Whatever your reason is, know it and keep track of your progress. By reminding yourself that there is something about yourself you don’t love, and want to change, you’ll find a new source of motivation to get to the gym. Every time you look at that part of yourself you don’t love yet, you’ll know that the only way to change that part is to get your behind to the gym.
Call in help.
Sometimes you or your workout buddy just aren’t enough. What if he or she goes on vacation for the summer, and you just can’t get yourself to the gym? This is where a personal trainer comes in, but they are fabulous for many other reasons as well. A personal trainer is your very own motivator. He or she will push you beyond what you imagined you could do to help you reach your best self. Their job is to keep you moving towards your goal, and they are not going to let you slack on that. Plus, they’ll teach you some great workouts that you can do on your own as well.
Try a class.
If you struggle to workout alone, or don’t really know what to do when you get to a gym, a class is a great option. From kickboxing to yoga, to Zumba, and so much more, there are nearly endless options of classes you can attend to get your exercise in. Working out in a larger group like that also pushes you to keep going past where you might have gone if you were working out alone. By that 10th sit-up, you may have quit when on your own, but in a class, everyone else keeps going, so you feel the need to as well. Plus, you’ll never know what fun new workout you’ll discover, and you’ll never know who you may meet — possibly a new workout buddy.
Lay your exercise clothes out the night before.
Whether you prefer to workout in the morning, afternoon, or at night, laying out your workout clothes the night before will serve as a reminder that you are supposed to exercise today. You’ll feel pretty guilty walking by those clothes and not putting them on.
Change your workout mindset.
Rather than treating exercise as a chore, try to change your perspective on it. Realize that working out benefits you in many ways. Here are just a few reasons why exercising is great for you, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- It controls weight
- It fights health conditions and diseases
- It improves your mood
- It increases your energy
- It helps you sleep better
- And much more
So what are you waiting for? Get out of that slump, and get active! And, if you have any issues with
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