Upgrade your workout plan2016-11-15
Do something different
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, like running the same route, doing the same circuit at the gym, or going to the same spinning class. Making changes to your routine can rekindle your interest in your workout, whether you go for a bike ride instead of running, yoga instead of spinning, or even just running a different route or changing the sequence of the circuit at the gym. The important thing is to break your routine and get out of your comfort zone.
Level up like a video game
Video games get progressively harder as you move from one level to the next, with more challenging obstacles or missions as you go along. This is a great way to approach your workouts. By steadily increasing your exercise intensity you will continue to feel challenged. But in the same way that video games don’t suddenly go from easy to super difficult, don’t increase the intensity too much, rather go about it slowly and gradually in order to avoid getting injured, or even demotivated.
Setting targets is important because it gives you something to work towards, whether it’s running a certain race in a certain time, doing a certain yoga pose, or being able to lift a certain weight. Remember to keep these goals high, yet attainable. If they’re too high you’ll get demotivated too quickly, and if the goals are too easy you’ll get bored very quickly. Be honest with yourself and keep the targets realistic.
Track your progress
A great way to stay motivated and on track to reaching these targets is by keeping track of your progress. Start a training diary and see how you progress from week to week. It’s also a great way to spot a problem, like getting sick after doing a certain number of workouts with no rest days, or a certain workout that makes your foot hurt every time.
Find a friend
Make your exercise routine a social affair by finding a like-minded friend who can join you on your workouts. Not only will it give you some company, but a friend can help you stay focused and motivated, as well a little bit of friendly competition to keep you on your toes. It also helps to keep you committed, because it’s easy to just stay in bed on a rainy morning instead of going for a run, but when you have someone waiting for you to join them you have a responsibility and reason to get your lazy bum out of bed.
Remember to rest
They say rest is one of the most overlooked parts of an exercise routine, and it’s also one of the most important parts, especially when you up your exercise game. Resting your muscles gives them time to recover and prepare for the next training session. If your muscles feel tired all the time, you might just be breaking them down instead of building them, which means you won’t see any improvement. Listen to your body if your muscles are tired, rather take a day off, or when a workout is a struggle, rather stop half way through. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you’re being responsible. So go for that run, cycle, yoga class, gym session, then take a duvet day. Your body deserves it.