There are so many ways to exercise that even the pickiest of people can find something they enjoy doing. Yet, even with the variety that exists, it can be difficult to find something that you are willing to do on a regular basis. I got over my non-exercise slump years ago but I still need variety in my routine to stay motivated.
I have also dealt with friends who just can’t stick to any routine no matter how much I’ve helped them try to get into fitness. They have tried everything: boot camp classes, walking 30 minutes a day, personal trainers, workouts on dvd, you name it, and nothing seems to work. Do you find yourself in the same situation?
Find Something That Piques Your Interest and Get Fanatical
Just like my struggle with eating well, getting into the exercise habit took a shift in mindset to make it work. When you’re starting out with fitness, I recommend finding something that interests you a lot.
Whatever interests you, research who else uses the workout and achieved success. Chances are, you will become very motivated and want to follow a similar routine. If it helps, turn it into a little project. Maybe kettlebells look fun. Find other kettlebell fanatics and get into it. Almost every form of exercise has a following. Even pure body weight exercise has a fan base.
Find What Conquers Your Biggest Obstacles
Usually the biggest obstacle for people not exercising is time. There never seems to be enough time to devote to an hour of exercise. Another obstacle is boredom. Many people think exercise is boring and it can be if you crave variety like I do. Search for workouts that work around your issues.
For example, let’s say lack of time is your main problem. There are a lot of workouts that cater to this. Circuit training and interval training are great workouts that are short, intense, and have a ton of variety because they don’t require much except your own body weight and maybe some dumbbells.
You can do them at home, 45 minutes at the most of your time, and only a few times a week. My current workout program is a good example of this.
Take the Pressure Off
Even though I exercise regularly, I still fall into that occasional slump. There are days I simply don’t feel like working out. Allow yourself to take a break. Sometimes it’s what we need to keep going. I used to stress myself out when I belonged to a gym. I’d feel terrible if I skipped. Who needs that added pressure? It will only make you begin to hate exercise.
Take your necessary rest days. Just don’t use the workout slump as an excuse to never start back up.
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