Even the most eager and dedicated fitness enthusiast gets bored with exercise. Personally, I have a hard time missing a workout (mentally and physically) , both mentally and physically. But, I’m not immune to an exercise slump filled with; boredom, lack of inspiration, or low motivation. When this happens, I have to dig deep within myself and make a change before an exercise slump becomes a fitness derailment. If you’re like me, you want to stay motivated, continue to get results, and enjoy fitness. Here are some common slump causes and strategies to overcome them:
- Can’t Get up early enough to Move? – Get a better wake-up call - Getting up early can be tough, but always pays off when you’re done.
Wear your workout clothes to bed – All you have to do is get up and go!
Change your alarm clock/phone ringer – Crazy but true, I change my ringer anytime I need a little motivation or boost to ensure that I pay attention enough to get up!
Set your coffee pot to brew ahead of time – the aroma alone could get me out of a slump!
Pack everything and have it sitting right by your bed – you’ll hear that alarm and see your gear staring up at you…let’s go!
- Strength Routine Feeling Blah- Muscle up your Strength Routine - Who wouldn’t get bored with exercise when you’re looking at the same machines and doing the same routine every day!
Change your type – Do you use dumbbells for chest? Use cables or bands instead. Do you always use barbells for squats? Try dumbbells or bodyweight with an added jump or plyo box.
Change your order – Pre-fatigue a smaller muscle group like triceps before hitting your chest set. You won’t make huge gains in chest strength but, you will tweak your routine enough to come back strong!
Change your focus – Do you consistently do upper body on Mondays, lower body on Tuesdays, etc? Mix it up and try a total body strength set M/W/F – then hit your old routine again the next week.
Start with Core/Abs – Often the most overlooked but, most wished-for muscle group. Why save it for last? Start with corework and use that strength throughout your entire strength routine.
- Trouble Getting out the door and into the Gym? - A good workout Partner or Trainer can be worth their weight in Gold - A dedicated partner can make or break your commitment to fitness. Partner up with someone that will pull you out of a slump when needed – just be prepared to do the same for them when they need it! See our recent blog post on this topic.
- Sluggish intensity or Commitment to Cardio - Make a New Music playlist– here is a sample of my go-to list of motivating tunes:
Start me up – Rolling Stones
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer (hey, old school is motivating!)
Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin
We Will Rock You – Queen
I’m in the House – Steve Aoki
- Treadmill boredom This tends to be the old-standby when it comes to cardio and why not, there’s very little learning curve. Unless you change it up, the tried and true treadmill quickly becomes the dreadmill. When this happens, I head straight to the Stepmill. It boosts me out of boredom and humbles me at the same time.
Constantly mixing up a workout-routine is essential for not only our physical bodies, but also our mental state-of-mind. The more we challenge our bodies to try new things, the further we get away from the exercise rut. You may even discover a particular exercise you didn’t know you liked, or a class you enjoy. Check in with us often on Facebook, as I will be providing workout ideas to get you out of a slump and into exercise freedom!