Goodness gracious, life can be so demanding! Between our jobs, maintaining a home, trying to spend quality time with our spouse and loved ones it can be so easy to not do what we need to do for us and we fall off from our workout routine. Believe me, it happens to me all of the time and lord knows once I’ve fallen off it can seem so hard to get back on it. Well, when that happens and I find myself off of my game, here are 5 things I’ll do to restart and recharge my workout routine.
#1 Stop Beating Yourself Up! Embrace the fact that every day is a new day and we are blessed with an opportunity to begin again. It’s all just a matter of deciding that today is the day and that no matter what you are going to find a minimum of 20 minutes and find a place where you can set up a laptop, your phone or tablet and literally jump into one of the many cardio calisthenics type workouts that are available online. I love Kayla Itsine’s workouts. She also has an app where you work out right along with her on your phone or tablet. It’s a fast, effective, full body workout consisting of squats, lunges, crunches, mountain climbers and planks with very little rest in between. She will get your blood pumping and your muscles burning. https://www.kaylaitsines.com Now if you can get past day one, then day two can happen that much easier and after you’ve put together back to back workouts, then my 2nd suggestion might not seem too far fetched.
#2 Find a 30 Day challenge to get involved in. Once you’ve found the 20 or 30 minutes that you are going to commit to your daily workouts, then it might be cool to link up with an on-line community and participate in a group challenge. These are awesome because all your workouts are laid out for the entire month. There is no thinking involved about the type of workout you should try or which body part to focus on, It’s all been carefully coordinated for you. Plus you have the added motivation and incentive of training along with a group. There is something about knowing that you are not doing the workouts alone, that there is a “we” who are in it together and that can be extremely motivating. Check out Tone It Up. Karena and Katrina have an awesome way of involving and engaging their on-line community.
#3 Buy yourself a cute new outfit to work out in. Well I don’t know about you but when I’m feeling kind of stale about my workouts, a little retail inspiration can be just the thing to freshen things up. A new sports bra, a snazzy pair of pants and a comfy hoodie and suddenly I’ve got my mojo back. A brand new pair of sneaks can also put a little pep in your step. If you look good, then you’ll feel good and feeling good about working out is half the battle.
#4 Find a Work Out Partner and help keep each other accountable. When my girlfriend calls me the night before and says she’s already signed up for the 6am boot camp class it’s a little easier to make that commitment, whereas if it’s just for me, I might choose to hit snooze on my alarm. Having a workout buddy can also help you fulfill 2 needs at once, staying on track with your workout regiment and spending some quality time with a friend. It’s always great to catch up over a juice or a smoothie after we’ve done something really awesome for ourselves.
#5 Try different types of workouts. Boredom is the number one reason people drop out of their routines. Many trainers advocate diversifying your workouts to keep your muscles guessing. So if you belong to a gym that offers free classes then by all means, check em out. What do you have to lose… except maybe a few pounds. Here in L.A. there is something called class passwww.classpass.com/ where you can choose any 5 classes from hundreds of popular studios or gyms like The Bar Method, Peloton, exhale, BFX Studio all for $19. Groupon and Living Social are also great resources for finding great deals on different workout classes in your area.
Snapping a few before and after photos so you can track your progress is a great idea! Follow me on Instagram to see more of my person workout routine!
Hopefully these suggestions will help take the “work” out of your workouts and make them much more fun-filled and fulfilling. Please l feel free to comment and share what you do to keep your routines fun and intersting. Look forward to hearing from you.