I don’t know what it is with me and working out right now, but lately, I feel like I’m just going through the motions. I’m not enjoying things as much as I did. With the workouts I enjoy, I prefer having a trainer to spot me, like deadlifts, or taking classes, mostly ballet. I mentioned them in a post about my favorite total body workouts.
Conflicting schedules with my trainer, and a ballet school that won’t return my messages for some reason have me doing things on my own right now. My ballet routines at home aren’t nearly as good as I can get in class. If you’re wondering why I don’t just find another school, I also need convenience because of how much I work, and this school is so close to me. The others are much further away. I love HIIT, but I can’t do the same type of workout every day, or I get bored to tears, and I also know how important it is to change your routine to get the most effective workouts. So, I thought hard about what would work for me. I figured out some new ways to challenge myself until I can get back into a rhythm with my trainer and get into my Saturday morning ballet classes.
Here’s what I’ve starting doing to push myself back into my “beast mode” mindset. If you’re in the same boat as me, hopefully, some of these will help you too.
1.Get social. Announce your fitness goals on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or your blog if you have one. Just like I’m doing with this post. It can boost your motivation and keep you on track. Some people will want you to succeed and can offer you tips, and help you stay focused on your plans.
2.Crank up the fun. As mentioned above, the workouts I find fun I need others for (other than HIIT), but I’ve found some substitutions in the meantime. Making your workouts more fun helps you exercise longer and harder because you enjoy it. Blast your music and get going like nobody’s watching. If you can get into a ballet class, take it (and remind me what it’s like since I may be doing ballet on my own for some time!) Or try boxing. Play tag if you have kids, or even if you don’t and you have friends willing to do it, then do it! Friends, I’m looking at you, let’s do this! I got a recommendation from blogger Alimklemme to try pole dancing, so that’s on my list to check out.
3.Make your gym anywhere. Just do exercises wherever you are, and when you have time. Do stretches or try a ballet warm up while standing in line, or while you’re pumping gas. Take the stairs. Do calf raises while you’re cooking (it’s awesome). Stretch while you’re watching a movie or your favorite show. Stuck in traffic? Squeeze your lower abs, then release. I wrote a post a few months ago, Use your travel time to exercise and reduce stress with some exercises you can do while you’re commuting.
4.Challenge yourself. Once you get into a comfort zone, add some time to your workout. If you’re on a treadmill, increase the incline every week or two. Add some extra repetitions to your weight sets. It all makes a difference. Slow down if what you’re doing feels too intense, or you can’t take breaths and talk at the same time.
5.Compete with yourself. Maybe this only works for me since I’m a relatively competitive person when it comes to certain things. Sports and working out are two of those things. But, right now I have to compete with myself. I once won a pushup contest. There were men in it too. I can honestly say that going into it, no one thought I would be the one to come out on top, so I will ride this win until the end of time. But now that my pushup game is nowhere near that anymore, it’s my “where I want to be again” goal. So, I’ve dusted off my trophy to push myself there. My competitive nature won’t allow me to miss this goal.
6.Acknowledge your achievements. I often talk about recognizing successes, no matter how small they may seem. It can help boost your motivation. I give myself a little pat on the back when I hit any milestone, like increasing my weights, adding an extra five minutes to my cardio routine, or including an additional workout day to my program.
These are six of the things I’m doing to put some pep back into my workout program while my regular routines are sidelined. I’m looking to try some more, so let me know what has helped you.