Okay, so you’re in an exercise slump – don’t worry, it happens to us all. Of course, we don’t need to preach the benefits that exercise can have on our physical and mental health (we’ll trust that you already know that, as that’s why you’re here, to get back on the wagon). But don’t fear, with a couple of simple lifestyle changes, you can be back to your old work out ways in no time.
1. Reassess your goal
Whether you want to tone up, lose weight, or just look after yourself a little better, it’s important to have a goal in mind. But if you’re stuck in a slump, you may want to adjust your expectations slightly, so you can approach exercise with a refreshed mindset and a clear vision.
2. Exercise at home
Sometimes, one of the hardest aspects of working out is mentally getting yourself out of the house and wherever you need to be. But with the help of a few YouTube videos, resistance bands and dumbbells, you’ll be able to achieve a killer workout from the comfort of your own home.
3. Change it up
Shake things up by either trying something new or changing the way you do it. For example, if your daily exercise involves a walk, try a different route. Or, visit your local gym to discover different classes that they may offer. You may need to trial a few to begin with, but after a while you’re bound to find something you love.
4. Buy a new workout outfit
You have to admit, whenever you buy a new set of sweatpants or a sports bra, it feels great – right? Investing in a new outfit or two will motivate you to get up, get out and exercise, and you’ll only regret the workout you didn’t do.
5. Bring a friend
Or a partner, or a colleague. Ask someone who you enjoy spending time with to tag along with you to make the workout much more enjoyable. But chances are, they’ll also act as a source of motivation, so you can influence each other to go, even when you’re not feeling it.
6. Find a power playlist
Nothing will get you in the mood like a strong selection of powerful music. Music will also amp you up and get you motivated to push through the session. In fact, research has actually shown that a power playlist can get your heart pumping more while working out.
7. Reduce your workout time
When you overexert yourself, of course, you’re going to feel burnt out — after all, that may be the reason why you’re in a slump to begin with. But if you limit the amount of time you commit to each workout, you’ll see it as less of a burden. Also, each time you complete a shorter session, you’ll feel satisfied and more likely to continue on.
8. Commit to a plan
This one might be tricky – after all, you’re in a slump – but challenging yourself to commit to a monthly plan will reboot your focus. One month of structured exercise will also make you feel great, which in turn will motivate you to continue on (you’ll therefore, be out of the slump!).
9. Join a community
If you don’t like working out alone and you can’t find anyone to bring with you, join a class or community. Not only will you connect with like-minded individuals, but they also tend to be great fun (and hard work!). As classes are led by experienced instructors, you’ll be supported through the workout and given tips on how you can improve.
10. Give yourself time off
We understand that you want to arrive at your goal as soon as possible, but exercising too often will not only burn your body out, but your motivation too. Your muscles will need time to rest and repair — if you don’t give them that time, your progress may plateau and decline