Workouts don’t have to be boring or lead to burnout. Mix it up to make it fun and stay in the fitness game. These tips can help.
Get a workout buddy
Working out with a friend isn’t only more fun, it also ups the challenge and the interest. Let your buddy suggest new ways to get fit. Take turns planning new workout routines and adventures. Stay engaged with some friendly competition and bond while you sweat. When it comes to workouts a buddy is a sure bet for avoiding burnout.
Mix up your playlist
If you’ve been using the same playlist for a while, it’s time to get some new tunes. Search playlists for artists and songs that are different from your usual listening fare. Human brains crave variety and newness. Music is one way to mix things up.
Break out your workout
This is your workout and you get to make the rules. If 30 or 60 minutes feels never-ending, try to get in 10 or 15 minutes in the morning and again in the evening.
Buy a class pass
Many cities have class passes that offer access to a wide range of fitness activities and instructors for one monthly price. Do you work out at home? The internet offers an endless selection of fitness videos to choose from.
Don’t skip rest days
Rest days are just as important as active days with any fitness plan. Too much of even a good thing is overkill. Avoid exercising every day. Give your body and mind time to recover. If you feel restless and like you must do something, opt for gentle, no/low-impact movement.
Change the scenery
Get outside and take a new route often. In the gym, switch up the equipment you use. Sign up for a class or watch your favorite show if you usually listen to music.
Revisit your goals
Reaching for a new goal can rekindle interest in your fitness routine. If you’ve been working on lifting 100 lbs, focus instead on number of reps or set a cross-training goal.
Get a massage
Overworked muscles can use a little TLC. Get a sports massage or just enjoy a nice soak in the tub. You can also care for your muscles by fueling them properly. Aim for adequate nutrition with a healthy mix of protein, carbs and fats. Good food fuels good fitness.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Sleep is not a luxury or a waste of time. Inadequate sleep has significant health impacts in the short and long-term.
Exercise does not have to be a dreaded chore. Keep it interesting, challenging and fun with variety, good nutrition, goals and rest.