How To Get Out of a Fitness Lull
I feel like I’m pretty fortunate in that I actually enjoy working out. It’s something I look forward to and it’s something I miss when I can’t do it for an extended period of time.
That being said, I definitely don’t feel like it ALL the time. In fact, having fitness be my main source of income means that it is on my mind day in and day out. Some days or weeks I feel like I’m just doing it out of habit and I’m not particularly enthused about any one workout. I’m a morning person when it comes to exercise, so getting up to fit a workout in before clients when it’s still dark can be grueling if I’m just not feeling it.
When I start noticing that I’m not getting the same positive feelings from my workouts, there are a couple things I do to try and turn it around.
1. Mix up workouts
I find (for me) that the one surefire way to get me to do a workout is to go to a class. I also prefer them to programming my own workouts because honestly I’m doing that all week long for other people and I just want to give my mind a break. I love being able to show up, do what I’m told, and leave feeling better than when I came in.
Too much of the same thing, however, can leave me burnt out. This is one of the reasons I started doing Crossfit at least once a week. It’s a tough workout, but incorporates moves that I don’t do anywhere else. I get excited to go because I know it’s going to challenge me and I’m going to have to push myself harder than I may have to in another format.
Try doing a workout you don’t normally do and see if that helps get you excited to move.
If you’re not a class person and more of a runner or yogi, try running a different route or practicing in a different place than you normally do.
2. Mix up times
This strategy doesn’t always work for me since I’m such a creature of habit, but if you’re feeling blah about your workouts, try doing them at a different time of day. If you’re normally a morning exerciser, try a class after work and vice versa. The change of pace might shake things up a bit and you might actually find that you prefer working out at a different time than you’re used to.
3. Change music
As silly as it seems, one thing that gets me excited to work out is a new playlist. There’s something about putting together the perfect collection of beats that makes me want to go and sweat it out.
4. Go with friends
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, a bunch of us have started an email thread where we share our weekly workout plan and meet up with each other when we can. It’s gotten me to work out on Saturdays which I normally don’t ever do and it’s fun to meet up with people you know you get along with.
The biggest part of it is accountability, so if you’re having trouble making yourself go to a workout, try making a date with a friend (or five). 🙂
5. Take a break
Although this might sound counterintuitive, sometimes taking a break is what we need to reignite our passion — not just in exercise, but anything we may be feeling overwhelmed and bored by. When I wasn’t able to work out for a month I realized what I was missing and couldn’t wait to get back into it once my back was better. Even taking off the week during the holidays made me excited to get back into the swing of things.
If you’re feeling burnt out, take a step back rather than trying to force yourself to do ALL THE THINGS. It takes different amounts of time for different people, but soon you should start feeling the urge to get back to moving.
- Do you like working out?
- What other things do you do to get yourself excited about exercise?