Saturday, March 15, 2014

Seven Steps to De-Rut Your Workout Routine

I've found myself in a workout rut and it sucks. I don't want to see exercising as a chore but rather something to enjoy and look forward to. In the spirit of having fun, I decided to implement some of the steps below to re-vitalize my exercise regimen. Now nothing I'm about to write here is groundbreaking, but I'm hoping that it'll give you some inspiration for ways to keep your workouts fresh and fun.

Pure Barre

1. Sign up for a new class. I love my at home workouts. They're convenient and cost-effective, but they get boring after a while. When you know all of the cues given by the instructor and can cite them in unison with her it may be time to give something else a try (guilty). Why not sign up for a class with the money you're saving from gym memberships? I've decided I'm going to sign up for one new fitness class a month, whether it's a bootcamp, kickboxing, cardio, spin, or barre class. Today, I kicked things off by taking a class at a Pure Barre studio and I really enjoyed it. It's nice not knowing what the next sequence is and that's when time goes by faster.

Nike Id

2. Get some new workout gear. Because clothes matter even when you're working out. When you look good you feel good and that translates to performance. Choose what you like and wear that. Maybe it's a bright colored sports bra, a bold patterned top, or black leggings. Whatever it is, sport it. Target, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Forever 21, and Old Navy all have cute and affordable workout gear. I'm adding some Nikes to my workout wardrobe. I custom-made these Nike Id's because I need a new pair of workout sneakers and I think they're so fun. I can't wait to get them and put them to work.

3. Get some new workout DVDs. While taking new workout classes can be a lot of fun, workout DVDs will continue to be a big part of my routine because of the sheer convenience. I bought a few new ones from Amazon by Jessica Smith and Tara Lee and I can't wait to try them out.

4. Try some new workout equipment. I purchased this weighted Nike jump rope and I love it! Incorporating new tools in your workout can help to re-invigorate them and keep things from getting stale.


Other options that don't involve money:

5. With warmer temps a change of scenery may be just what you need to get out of a workout rut. Try running in a park or hiking a new trail.

6. Switch up the time that you workout. If you're feeling sluggish and tired during your evening workouts maybe it's time to make the switch to morning workouts instead or vice versa. I did this and it's been great! I was coming back from work and I just felt so tired and groggy. It was a big struggle to muster up the strength to workout after an 8-hour workday. So I flipped my schedule and decided to work out in the morning instead. Now I get up at about 5:30 in the morning and start my day off with exercise. I feel incredible after it's done, and I've found that I have more energy throughout the day.

7. Get a new playlist. Music is so important when I'm working out and I imagine most people would agree. It can push you at those critical moments when you find your strength waning and you want to quit. But after listening to the same song for over 100 runs maybe it doesn't have the same motivational factor anymore. Trying a new playlist with a new crop of songs may help to get you back in the zone.

What are some of the things you do to keep your workouts fresh? Tell me in the comments!


Questions, comments, thoughts...please share! I'd love to hear from you:)