Everyone falls into a rut sometimes, even fitness buffs. Next time you’re feeling your motivation dip, look to this list of 10 ways to get more out of your workout routine to get back on track and feel great about it.
10 Ways to Get More Out of Your Workout Routine
1. Snack beforehand - If energy levels flag when you get to the gym, snacking beforehand can keep your energy up and power you through a workout.
2. Try a trainer – Personal trainers can push you more than you can push yourself. If you feel like you’ve been struggling to achieve fitness goals, it might be time to call in a trainer. Even a few visits can help you get out of a rut. You just might find the perfect match to help you achieve your ultimate goals.
3. Plan beforehand – If you just show up at the gym, do half an hour of cardio on whatever is available, and then go through the strength training circuit machines, it’s no wonder you’re bored. You’re not working as hard as you could be because you lack a plan. Once a week, plan when you’re going to the gym, which muscles groups you’ll work, and what your goal is.
4. Try something new – When you do the same thing every time you go to the gym, it’s natural to get bored from time to time. Next time you’re not feeling it, sign up for a new fitness class or master a new piece of equipment. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
5. Get outside – As the weather warms, vary it up and head outside for a walk, bike ride, or jog on your off days from the gym. Fresh air can inspire you!
6. Indulge yourself - Reward yourself for working out with a sauna, hot tub soak, or healthy snack. Sometimes a simple treat can help you feel better about working out.
7. Go short and sweet - If you’ve fallen into the trap of spending tons of time on cardio and following that with crunches, you might be tired of the gym because every workout takes so long. Shake things up by trying a high-intensity workout, which delivers a full-body conditioning in 30 minutes or less.
8. Compete – Sometimes, all you need to get more out of that workout is the chance to compete against other athletes. Find a race, challenge, or other fitness or weight loss competition to motivate you.
9. Buddy up - Your main priority at the gym should be getting fit, not socializing. That said, sometimes a buddy can push you to do more or go faster than you thought you could.
10. Push yourself – Lackluster workouts zap your energy and motivation. Ask yourself if you’re really working hard at the gym – and then push yourself if you can’t give an honest yes.
Which of these 10 ways to get more out of your workout routine will you use to boost performance at the gym? Let us know in the comments.