Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt stuck in an exercise rut.
Trust me, you are not alone, I’ve been there before.
It is way too easy to feel trapped in your exercise routine. I mean, it’s hard enough to even get started with a workout regime. And once you find a routine that works, you don’t always want to switch it up.
So you continue to go through the motions. Day after day you find yourself doing the same workout. But at some point, that routine gets boring. You aren’t challenging yourself anymore. Maybe you lose the motivation to stick to your goals.
Our bodies crave exercise, but our muscles also need to be challenged. If you do the same workout every day, you won’t get any stronger. You will find yourself maintaining instead of moving forward.
Let’s look at some ways you can shake up your workout routine and break out of your exercise rut.
But before we go any farther, I want to remind you that this is a process. Don’t feel bad for falling into an exercise rut. We’ve all been there at some point. Feel proud that you’ve been doing something great for your body by exercising. Just know that it’s a good idea (and even fun) to switch up your routine every now and then.
5 Simple Ways to Shake Up Your Workout Routine
Try Something New
One of the best ways to get out of your rut is to try a new workout. This can be as simple as riding a stationary bike instead of running on the treadmill. Or, try some strength training workouts instead of only doing cardio. Another option is to try out a group personal training class or a new class like Zumba, Spin, or Yoga, and see how the new experience makes you feel! You can even listen to Podcasts or audiobooks instead of music to pass the time and help you learn something new during your workout.
Do you find yourself only working out at the gym? Switch it up by going outside! Go for a jog or do some bodyweight workouts in the fresh air. Look at community boards to see if there are any outdoor workouts in your city. These can be a great opportunity to work out with a change of scenery.
Grab a Friend
Tired of working out with only the company of your headphones? Ask a friend to join you. This will make the workout more fun and keep you accountable to your goals. Don’t have a friend in town to workout with? Create a workout routine that you both complete together. Check in with each other to make sure you are staying on track.
If cardio is your main form of exercise, it is incredibly easy to get stuck in a rut. You don’t have to think about it so you just run the same route every day. Try to switch it up by adding some interval bursts into your run. Pick up your pace for about 30 seconds. If you normally jog, bring your pace up to a run. Do this a few times during your normal cardio workout for a nice change to your routine.
Embrace Bodyweight Workouts
It’s easy to feel that we can only do strength training workouts at the gym. So you go to the gym and do the same routine over and over. But if you need a break, try switching to bodyweight workouts. These can be done at home or in a park. If you want a little more, consider buying a resistance band. These are a cheap and easy tool to use for at-home workouts.
BONUS: Personal Training
If you really want to switch it up, consider hiring a personal trainer. Personal training is a great way to push yourself outside your normal comfort zone. A personal trainer will work with you and your current exercise routine. They will help make a new routine that is interesting and keeps you working towards your goals. If you want to learn more about my personal training services, you can read more here.
We all know how hard it is to break out of an exercise rut. But with these simple tips, you can try to shake off your old routine. Try something new to help keep your workouts fun, fresh, and challenging.
Personal training and coaching are just a few of the ways I can help support you on your journey. Please reach out so we can discuss how I can help with reach wellness goals.