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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Bored of working out? Here’s how to enjoy exercising again

One of the biggest problems after having a baby is a lack of energy or motivation to get back into a fitness routine even though you know it would feel good to get moving again. Even if you're not a mum, we all go through periods of boredom and lack of motivation with our fitness regime.

However, consistency really is the key to creating and maintaining a healthy body and mind as I've said before, ‘you are what you consistently do.’ But here’s the secret, as long as you are consistently challenging yourself and consistently moving, you can make small tweaks to your regime that might not seem like much but will keep you interested and motivated to work out. Here are 4 tips on staying motivated when you're bored of working out.
Find an exercise that you enjoy

It might sound like common sense but so many people go to the gym because they think they should, not because they actually enjoy it. Finding an exercise regime that you actually enjoy isn’t as hard as you think, and it really helps with keeping you on track. Exercise should be fun, it shouldn't be seen as a punishment or a chore. Try a new class until you find one that you enjoy and take a friend along. If you hate lunges, try squats instead. If you hate burpees, don’t do them. If you get bored of running for 20 minutes on a treadmill, try doing a 10 minute HIIT workout instead to get it done quicker. Even changing one or two exercises in your regime or trying some new equipment can help keep you interested whilst still challenging different areas of your body.

Look for inspiration online

When I’m really lacking motivation and fed up of the same circuits and exercises, I look to social media for inspiration. Following fitness accounts and fitness coaches on Instagram offers a wealth of resource for workouts that you can save to your Instagram and follow in the gym. YouTube is also a great resource for free workouts. Just simply search for workouts that you enjoy or subscribe to someone's channel who inspires you. Just ensure that the people that you are taking advice from are qualified to provide it.

Stop going to the gym

Okay hear me out… I’m not saying quit exercise all together because we both know no matter how challenging it is, the benefits of exercise far outweigh the struggles. But some people genuinely don’t enjoy the hassle of getting up, travelling to the gym, doing a workout and travelling home exhausted. And us mums often don't have the time! It seems like an endless cycle sometimes and becomes a chore. Some of us just don’t have the time or money to spend on a gym membership. You can always exercise at home by doing bodyweight exercises or invest in some small dumbbells and resistance bands from Amazon. Or you could work out at home during the week, and venture into the gym or a class when you have more spare time at the weekend and then it doesn’t seem as repetitive.

Change your environment

The great outdoors offers so many opportunities to see different scenery in different environments whilst enjoying a good workout.  If you’re a runner and normally run through a lovely park, change it up and run down the beach instead. If you’re a yogi who normally stays within the confines of your bedroom, try taking your mat into the garden. Not only does nature have positive effects on our mental health but small changes to the environment in which we exercise in can help break us out of a routine. And don’t forget, even a 30 minute walk with your pram and a takeaway coffee is classed as a workout.

Take a break

There used to be a time when having more than 2 rest days a week would give me anxiety and the only time that I would take a full week off would be when I went on holiday. However, now I'm living a more balanced life I'm okay with acknowledging that sometimes I just need a full week of resting to re-motivate me. Taking a break, relaxing, spending time with family and putting down my phone is often all I need to find the motivation to get back to movement again a week later. So if you're finding yourself dreading your exercise class, maybe a few days or a full week off is what you need to re-evaluate what you want and come up with a new plan going forward.


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