10 Ways To Break Out Of Your Fitness Rut
Are you feeling unmotivated or bored? Here are 10 great ways to break out of your fitness rut. Pushing yourself mentally and physically in a new direction can help you lose weight, work different muscle groups, boost feel-good endorphins and stimulate your brain.
Variety is the spice of life!
1. For one week, do the opposite of what you typically do.
If your workouts are usually high-energy, slow down with yoga, pilates or meditation. Conversely, if you usually do a slower style of workout, try something like kickboxing or a dance class. It’s all about variety and balance.
2. Try something new!
Always wanted to try belly dancing? Tai chi? Line dancing? Search online where you can find just about any type of fun exercise class!
3. Get outside.
Enjoy the fresh air, scenery, and a multitude of healthy benefits. Boost your mood and self-esteem, ease depression, and clear brain fog. Use surroundings like a park bench to target major muscle groups when you’re training outside.
4. Superset it.
Perform one set of an exercise right after another with little to no rest in between. You’ll keep your heart rate up, stoke your metabolism, and finish your workout a lot sooner.
5. Focus on food.
We all know that six-pack abs take more than performing a million crunches. A lean core is closely linked to what’s happening in the kitchen. Nutrition plays a huge role, so cut out the crap and eat organic, whole fresh foods, lean proteins and drink lots of water. Resist “rewarding” yourself after an intense workout with a sugary or high-calorie treat. Instead, opt for a healthy carb and protein snack, like a slice of whole-grain bread with nut butter, or a fruit smoothie with protein powder.
6. Add interval bursts.
If you’re accustomed to moving at a certain pace, add in 30 to 60 second “bursts.” If you’re a power walker, break into a jog, if you’re a jogger, break into a run, if you’re a runner, break into a sprint. After 30 to 60 seconds, drop back to your regular pace. Add 5 to 15 bursts throughout your workout for increased stamina and more calories burned.
7. Take a rest day.
Are you the type who hits it hard and works out all the time? As important as it is to exercise, it’s equally important to recover. That doesn’t mean you have to be sedentary. Try some restorative yoga poses, stretch, some meditation or get a massage.
8. Turn the music up.
Studies show that upbeat music increases exercise performance. Picking songs with 120 to 140 beats per minute can boost your motivation so you get more out of your workout.
9. Take a different route.
New surroundings are stimulating. Make it an adventure and explore another area the next time you head out for a walk or run.
10. Sign up for a race.
Get together with a few friends and join a local charity run, like a 5k. Raise money, train together and enjoy being part of the community. There’s nothing like the goal of racing across a finish line to get you totally pumped up and in better shape.
Banish Your Fitness Rut NOW : Try a new community fitness class in your area!
As part of the 12 Week A-List Body Transformation, you are required to sign up for a community fitness class in your area. This has to be a scheduled session that you go to at least once a week. When you have an appointment to exercise, you are more likely to stay motivated. After 6-8 weeks though, mix up your routine by adding a class or trying a new one. This is not only good for the body but it’s good for the brain. Here are some classes that the girls on my 12 Week A-List Body Transformation are enjoying:
– Vinyasa Flow Yoga
– Pole Dancing
– A Weekly Personal Training Session at their local gym
– Spin Class
– Pilates Barre
– Walking/Running Group
– Weekly Jog with their friend
– Indoor Rock Climbing
– Netball Team
– Pilates Class
– Training for a Fun Run
Add a comment below about your favourite fitness class and where it is. This helps us learn about different classes the other girls have tried and let’s you post your own recommendation! Have fun!