If your goal is weight loss, fat loss, and muscle building, your worst enemy is boredom. When you are no long enthused or excited about your workout, it feels more like a chore–and you don’t need any more work added to your day! After a while, you give up altogether because of the drudgery of the workout.
The key to staying interested in your workout plan is to keep things fresh, always changing. Not only will this help you to mentally stay engaged, but it will also keep your body from adapting to the exercise too much. The body has an impressive ability to adapt to new conditions it is subject to. Once the body has built up strength and adapted to the stress of a particular exercise, it remains at that level of fitness. The body is no longer challenged by the exercise because it is within its capabilities. What to do to continue losing weight?
- More exercise
- Stricter diet
- Both more exercise and stricter diet
At some point degrees of this becomes either unhealthy or time consuming or both. However, if the body is challenged it develops new fitness levels and a higher degree of fitness is a great way to help control weight much easier. Thus, you need to vary your exercise and diet program. The more variety you have in your workout, the fitter you will be overall.
So how can you switch things up and make your workout fresh:
- Switch up the venue — If you’ve been running on a treadmill, why not hit a local park or trail? If you’ve been attending spinning classes, perhaps it’s time to take your bike on the road! If you’ve been lifting weights at your gym, consider bodyweight training in the great outdoors. If you’re tired of running the same city streets or park track, why not hit the treadmill? If you’ve been doing all your workouts at home, why not sign up for a gym membership? A change of scenery is often enough to restore your motivation to work out!
- Work with a trainer –– Want to keep things fresh and new? Work with a trainer, and follow the routines he/she gives you. With a new routine every day, week, or month, you’re guaranteed to not only get fit, but keep your workouts varied and enjoyable.
- Try something new –– Consider martial arts classes, Yoga, Pilates, TRX training, trampolining, dancing, or some other class offered at your local gym or health club. You’d be surprised by how much fun these workouts can be, and they may be just what you need to get fit in a fun new way.
- Play sports –– Sports may not be the same concentrated training that you think is vital for fitness and weight loss, but so what? Taking a month off of weightlifting or jogging to play sports can be a good way to mix things up. You may find that the sport-specific training will do wonders for your overall fitness, and when you get back to the weights or treadmill, you’ll be more enthusiastic about your training.
- Avoid repetition –– If you do the same workout day in and out, boredom is all but guaranteed. Try to mix things up and keep it fresh. Switch between bodyweight, free weight, and machine workouts, mixing up the high and low intensities. Keep your body guessing, and your mind will never grow bored of your training.
- Hit the pool or rowing machine –– Instead of spending an hour jogging every day, get your cardio in the pool or on the rowing machine. You can’t help but love the pool, and swimming is the best form of cardio around. With a rowing machine, you’re going to get in shape REAL fast!
Switch up your workouts, and you’ll be happier than every! Change will help encourage you to stick to a routine of exercise and diet because it breaks up the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again. How often exercise routines need to be changed depend on the individual and other factors such as genetics, recovery factors, diet and fitness levels.