Having fun with your exercise regimen is the best way to stick to it.
Rather than concentrate on the treadmill or stationary bicycle, mix it up with walking, stair-climbing and swimming once in awhile.
That doesn’t mean you should change every time you work out. Your body responds to certain exercises that you perform to achieve a flat belly or some muscle tone in the arms.
But doing the same routine each time can become boring and increase your chances of giving up the fight. Assess your routine every four to six weeks to determine if you’ve reached a plateau and need to shake it up a bit by introducing some new routines.
If your present exercise routine has stopped working as it should or isn’t as challenging anymore, take a look at what you’re currently doing. Or your goals may have changed over time and you need to add some routines that address your new goals.
Another reason to change your workout regimen is if you’re so bored with what you’re doing that you’re in danger of giving up.
You need to keep your motivation high and be interested in the exercises you’ve chosen.
When and if you do decide you should make changes in your routine, go about it sensibly. If you need to continue to work on your abs, find another exercise that interests you to see how it works.
Replacing an exercise with an exercise similar (but not exactly the same) to what you’re doing may be just the decision needed to relieve the boredom and keep your interest. Approach changing your routine as you would changing your diet.
Keep what works and change or discard the rest.
When you begin to exercise, your motivation is usually high to perform and enjoy the results you gain. Exercise may not be your idea of a good time, but when it produces the results you desire, you become enthused about it.
You begin to feel better, look better and actually see results from the exercise routine you so carefully planned. But your enthusiasm may begin to wane when the novelty wears off and something occurs in your life that sets you back.
It could be a trip, a new work schedule or simply a busy schedule that causes you to miss exercise. If this sort of thing happens often, consider rethinking your routine to exercises that can be worked in to your new schedule.
For example, rather than walking around the neighborhood, consider getting a treadmill so you can walk when you can make time. Or perhaps you could switch your workout time from mornings to evenings and see how that works.
Keep Your Workout Anything but Routine
Want to know the best way to stay motivated to get into the best shape of your life? Change up your workout routine. Not only will that keep you from being bored, but it will maximize your results.
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Why not change your workouts from day to day?
For example, one day you could do an intensive cardio workout and the next, get in some strength training. Not only will it keep you from being bored, but it will be good for all areas of your body.
It may be time to look at your exercise routine for change if you’re looking at the clock during the entire workout, counting the minutes until you can leave. You might try a video (if available) or some music to distract your mind
Another idea to transform your workout from boring to enthusiastic is to engage a partner to work out with or compete against. If you usually work out in a gym, try exercising in the great outdoors – or work out at another gym.
Try exercises that will put you with people.
For example, kayaking might be a diversion from your usual type of exercise and you’ll be able to socialize with others. Jazz it up by thinking outside the box of your usual workout routine.
Gaming while exercising has become a new way of looking at how you work out.
Apps such as Teemo take you on an adventurous trip while you’re exercising. For example, you might be challenged to climb Mount Everest or plow through the desert.
You’ll receive a list of specific workouts and you can choose to do them any time and anywhere. Feedback will tell you how far along you are on your big adventure – and when you win at the end of the game, you’ll be motivated to do more.
If you’re a runner, you’ll want to check out the Google program, Ingress. You’ll travel around your city in real time, find landmarks and even interact in the special portals. It’s fun and interesting and should keep you motivated for quite awhile.
Getting fit and healthy is the object of exercise, but it doesn’t have to be boring and stagnant.
Research what’s available and affordable for you and try a few new methods to keep you on track.