Expert Advice: Tips to Fight Workout Blues
Don’t let your mood swings hijack your fitness routine. After all, who doesn’t get into one of those workout ruts? Everyone goes through workout fatigue and boredome where no new move, or workout class seems motivating enough. What does one do in such a situation? Simple, you just grit your teeth and fight the workout blues. And today Strength and Fitness expert Arnav Sarkar, Life Coach Malti Bhojwani and Fitness Expert Sophia Yasmin, help us figure out strategies that will help us do just that. Here's looking at how you can fight those debilitating workout blues...
Try new workouts: “Change your workout, especially if you have been doing the same thing for too long or team up with a friend to motivate yourself,” says Sarkar. Or focus on training neglected or weaker body parts. “For instance, if you spend hours on sit-ups, shift your attention to your shoulders and back and see the magic!” says Yasmin.
Understand the “Why” of your working out: Bhojwani says, “Get very clear on the "Why". Know what you are working out to work towards. Understand that working out is a lifestyle of slimmer and healthier people and it is a lifelong commitment, so do not look at it as a phase. Invest in attractive gym clothes, accessories and shoes and this itself will motivate and inspire you to work out daily.” If you have a clear understanding of the cost of not working out, there are slim chances you’ll ditch your routine.
Reward yourself time and again. Have a destination or a reward after a workout. Think of something enjoyable you can do (that does not consist of high-calories) and plan that for after your workouts, says Bhojwani. “Watch some inspirational movie, workout clip (read Youtube),” says Sarkar. Want something new school still? “Bribe and make a deal with yourself that if you complete the workout, then you get to eat your favourite treat, in moderation,” adds Sarkar.
Try and adjust with your old routine before you take up a completely new routine. “When you reach a plateau in your training, it is not necessary or even advisable to perform a completely new routine. Instead adjust certain variables such as sets and reps, intensity, or a combination, and see if this makes a positive impact upon your training,” says Yasmin. But who doesn’t need a break? And don’t we all love them? So, every 8-12 weeks, a one to two week break from the gym will help rejuvenate the body, adds Yasmin.
Personal trainers can do wonders to your workout routine: “Try a jumpstart to your program by taking an exercise class or working with a personal trainer, both will push you to work harder and better,” says Yasmin. Not only will a personal trainer help in pushing your limits, but it’ll also challenge your body.
Create a "happy-playlist" on your iPod or create an online journal: “Get some good audio books where you look forward to your time on your iPod. It is a great way to beat the blues,” says Bhojwani. Or start an online journal and rope in your friends too. “After all you would not want to look bad in front your friends by missing workouts, would you?” Sarkar adds.
When you are at a peak of simply giving up on your working out routine all thanks to the boredom of it, Sarkar suggests that you 'plan to do only 1-2 exercises very well and video record your best set on your cell phone or handycam. 1-2 exercises done well are any day better than no exercise at all, plus the video of it will make you want to do well'.
However, if all fails, then maybe you just need to take a few workouts or a week off and chances are that you will come back with more enthusiasm!
Which tip worked for you? Let us know!
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