Everyone begins their exercise regimen with the best of intentions, and it isn’t cheap. A recent study suggests that the average American spends more than $100,000 in their lifetime on health and fitness. Shiny new equipment or training kit is purchased, inspirational quotes are posted on Instagram, pumping playlists are carefully curated. A few months in and it’s a different story. Perhaps you’re in that position and trying to get re-energized. You’ve read some great tips on how to stay motivated in your home workout but truth be told, you’re still getting bored. What else could you try?
Give yourself some feedback
In the workplace and in life generally, we are encouraged to give feedback; according to the Harvard Business Review, creating a feedback-rich culture enables people to be effective and fulfilled at work. Why not apply the same to your workouts? If you’re tracking your progress, look back over your data. Can you see an overall improvement? Where could you do better? If you have a training partner or are part of a fitness community, can they see a difference? Can you go further, faster or do you have much more positive energy now than you did before? Open up your wardrobe: how do your clothes fit these days?
Keep it fresh
Remember that playlist you made back in 2015 when you’d just bought your new running sneakers? Chances are you’ve updated the shoes since then, so how about your music? Or that TED talk you’ve heard so many times you can repeat it word for word? Listening to music or podcasts can be a great way to beat boredom on an exercise bike or during long runs or walks, but you need to keep it fresh. Putting a little time aside each month to find a new song or download a new podcast will help keep your mind busy as your body works.
A change of scenery and some fresh air should give you just the boost you need. Even if it’s just a short run near your home to warm up before you hit your home gym, or a brisk walk after work to get your blood pumping and wind down from your day, moving outdoors can help you get back into the workout mindset. You could even try a new challenge like the British-inspired 5K Park Run. A new goal, friendly cheering crowd, and sunshine on your face; what more could you ask for?
Everyone hits a workout rut at some point, but you can bounce back with feedback, fresh content to enjoy while you’re exercising, and a change of scene. If you have a training partner, gym instructor or fitness community you can talk to, then try swapping tips with them too. Everyone benefits from a little inspiration.