Welcome back to my breakdown of my Healthy Living Alphabet
Ever notice that if you do the same old thing over and over again, after awhile it’s just not as much fun as it used to be? Well the same can be said for fitness. Some people can do the same thing over and over and over again and not get sick of it but I find that once the routine becomes…well too routine, I lose motivation. Suddenly, it’s not so much fun anymore and I don’t look forward to doing it. I find this especially true when running (hence why treadmill running is one of my least favourite ways to spend a workout). If I don’t change it up, I don’t want to do it.
So what can you do to keep it fresh without changing your workouts around completely? Here are a few simple suggestions to consider when looking at your routine and schedule:
1. Vary the intensity. Going super hard every single time can wear your body down, leaving you more susceptible to illness and injury. It’s ok to have an “easy” workout in the mix. This gives your muscles a chance to recover while still keeping your body moving.
2. Vary your route. Nothing pumps me up more than running or biking a new path or route. Sometimes, if I’m really in need of a change of scenery, I’ll plan a long run outside of the city at one of our amazing provincial parks and drive out there to get my blood pumping. Same goes for types of routes. Bored with flat, even ground? Find something that has some hills or twists in it. Just be sure if you plan to off-road, that you have the right gear to prevent injury.
3. Try something new. Give Zumba a try, or sign up for tennis lessons. It gives you a chance to experiment with a new activity and also work muscles that you’re perhaps not using in your current routine.
4. Challenge yourself. Increase your reps, add some weight, trying a new exercise that you thought would be too hard. You’ll breathe some life into your workout and give your muscles a good challenge.
5. Invite a friend. Sometimes something as simple as company can invigorate you.