We all tend to get burnt out on things. With our exercise routine, this is no different. We can often struggle to find the willpower to simply begin our workout, or, even if we do manage to muster the motivation to move, we find that our typical routine that so often worked for us in the past has gone stale.
In this post, I’m going to provide some ideas to help you find the willpower, and if the willpower is there, help you provide variety in your workout, no matter how small, to keep you engaged and plugged in to your ultimate goals.
First, finding the motivation to exercise at all can be a daunting challenge in itself, one that I, and I’m sure many others, struggle with regularly. For this, I can offer several ideas to help get our rear ends off the couch and being consistently active.
- Have a good support group – The biggest thing I’ve learned is that those around you have a profound effect upon who you are and what you do. This is even proven to be biblical fact, as Proverbs 27:17 states “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (NIV) No matter how we slice it, if we want to exercise and stick with it, it is critical that we surround ourselves with like-minded people that are willing to support us and help us to achieve our goals.
- Make exercise fun – Sure sometimes we have to do the boring and necessary, but making your workout fun can add to its appeal. Non-traditional workouts such as playing sports can really spice it up and make exercise exciting for all involved. Adding new routines to your traditional lineup breaks up monotony and keeps things interesting.
- Make your workouts an ever-evolving experience – Have a particular playlist you use while exercising that has gotten stale? Try a new one. Even a change as small at that can give your normal routine that little extra sparkle. Set goals between sets, or even for the entire work-out. Reward yourself in some small way when these goals are achieved. You could pick a new song that you particularly like, take a five-minute break, or something similar. It is things of that nature which are the little things that keep life, and our work-outs, interesting.
It’s important to keep these things in mind if you find yourself getting burnt out, or find things are getting a little state. When we turn our mundane monotony to moving motivation, we give ourselves a little extra life, and provide that little extra boost to get things done. More importantly, this small but useful list can apply to our lives as a whole. Being engaged in what we do is important, and it’s when we begin to set things on autopilot that we start losing our way, and lose sight of the original goals we had in mind.
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