How Changing Your Exercise Routine Keeps You Motivated
The majority who won’t grab their running shoes and go for jog will automatically say that running is boring. Most will also over a period of time become burnt out and exhausted by doing the same routine exercises.
You’ll eagerly begin a new fitness program excited about making improvements on your weight, or gaining more strength and body tone, while generally living a healthier lifestyle, but most likely, over time, you’ll eventually find yourself getting sidetracked.
Well, there is a light at the end of the boredom tunnel. This just by making a few adjustments, you can regenerate yourself and gain new energy and sustained enthusiasm.
Training And Exercising Smarter
Boredom is usually the biggest excuse for discontinuing any type of exercise program, while still paying those costly fees at the gym. It will even sidetrack the most dedicated as well as highest tuned athletes.
When the mind begins to experience this type of lull because of the same old prescribed routines, it’s the body’s natural way of sending you a message to change things up a bit.
This does however go a little deeper than just attempting to keep your brain stimulated. The first sign that you’re over training is the inability to be able to fully complete the training session.
This is then usually accompanied by a sudden lack of energy as well as a decreased sense of motivation or purpose. Doing just too much of the same exercise routine for too long has the potential to backfire on you, resulting in not being able to complete your ultimate goal.
So making a few tweaks to your training regimen that will fit your needs can effectively eliminate any signs of burnout while breathing new life into your exercise routine.
You’ll be able to achieve your ultimate goal of working out to change the composition of your body, or increasing your strength through improved muscle training. The end result may not always necessarily be the only thing that matters to you.
Setting Personal Records Goals And Records
When you set personal attainable records which you want to reach, that will usually give you the added motivation to seek for improvements by you competing against yourself.
This means improving on every aspect of your workout program, so you can track as well as improve the results of your training on a day to day basis.
For instance, the first week, say that you’ve completed a set of 20 push-ups, achieving your goal of 20. Then the following week, you could then aim for 25 push-ups, setting a new personal record. Making progress like this can be extremely motivating.
This type of strategy can be used on each segment of your routine. So every time that you hit the fitness gym, you can set new personal achievements by adding a couple more reps of a particular exercise or by increasing more weight. Tracking results by competing against yourself keeps you focused as well as determined to improve.
Switching Up The Routine
If you happen to be relatively new to this whole workout thing at the fitness center, then switch up your training routine once every three to four weeks. This can be achieved by rotating the exercises or by doing the same routine, but in a different way.
For instance, say that you’ve been doing “barbell back squats,” for several weeks. You can then try changing the routine by rotating the training movement by doing barbell front squats. Although you will still be doing the same squatting routine, your body will feel like it’s performing something that’s completely new.
Adopting New Exercise Routines
In some extreme cases when it comes to boredom or fatigue when training, the very thought of seeing a traditional weight can place a knot in your gut. This is where cross-training comes in. At times, doing a completely new and different workout activity can enable your mind to be able to experience something that’s totally different while your body still continues to make positive progress.
There’s an exercise method known as “Odd object” training, which is a low-impact program that’s been used as a method of cross-training. This is primarily for those whose fitness regimes are done at the gym.
If you happen to be training at a commercial fitness center, ask if they have the following “odd” looking exercise equipment, such as sandbags or kettle bell balls.
Anyone, regardless of what level they are can participate. Begin for instance with carrying a weight, whatever you can handle, for say 20-metres. You can also adapt this exercise so you can do this at home as well.
When you’re looking for new excuses for not to work out, what that does is it adsorbs all of your creative energy. All that creativeness which can come in handy for sparking new life into your exercise fitness routine. The best way is to try something completely new, setting new goals, and then, you should be achieving new personal records in no time.
“Odd Object” Training When At Home
• Find a pair of dumbbells which are heavy enough to tire out your body
• In an upright posture, perform your routine dumbbell carries, but with a controlled walking tempo of up to 18-metre distances
• Once you’ve covered that distance, then grab a jump rope and skip for a minute or two
• Work yourself up to four carry/skipping sessions along with a 2 minute rest between each routine