Break Out of Your Workout Rut
The month of February is prime time for losing your workout mojo. Studies show that by February the majority of people who resolved to get fit for New Years have already fallen off the wagon. And, even those who stay in shape year round can find it hard to stay motivated during the doldrums of late winter.
If you’re finding it hard to keep moving forward consider these ways to break out of your slump.
Switch things up. Do you always do the same workout routine or always use the same machines at the gym? Try something new. We keep each small group training session at Synergy varied to help prevent your brain from getting bored and to keep your muscles feeling challenged. If you’re working out on your own, try out some different exercises to target your muscle groups. For example, if you always do tricep extensions, switch to dips or close grip push ups for a change. If you only do the elliptical, try the recumbent bike or the stepper instead.
Find a Buddy. Research has shown that people who workout with a friend or a partner stick to their plans and achieve their goals more than those who go it alone. The reasons are simple. First off, working out withsomeone is more fun than working out alone. A fitness buddy can help keep you accountable. Sometimes just knowing there is someone who’s counting on you to show up and keep them motivated too can get you out the door and on your way. Nothing says you have to do the exact same routine as your buddy, but they should know your goals and you should know theirs. You should share what your challenges and hurdles are and check in with each other on your progress.
Spark some competition. A study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports showed that people who worked out with some competitive structure worked out 90% more than those who did not. So, find a way to get your competitive juices flowing. Sign up for a fitness or weight loss challenge where you can compare your results to others. Join in on a group activity or sport and consider joining people who are in better shape than you are. You’ll be more inclined to push harder to not be at the back of the pack.
Dress for success. A study in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology examined a phenomenon called enclothed cognition. It suggests that wearing certain clothes can cause a mental shift. So, a new pair of sneakers or some new fitness gear that you feel good in can actually help you get more from your workout by feeling more confident and motivated.
Get some professional help. Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a gym veteran, anyone can benefit from working out with a personal trainer. Book a session or two to review your goals and get a customized fitness plan or just breathe some new life into your routine.
What works for you when you’re in a slump?