Ever feel like you’re stuck? You do the same type of workout routine every week, hitting all your muscle groups, and staying away from the sugary drinks and snacks in the dining hall but don’t see the changes that you want? Up until about two weeks ago I didn’t realize I was stuck in this pattern. I felt as though I was putting in the necessary amount of work, hitting the gym for 60 minutes sometimes even 90, 4 to 5 days a week. After sitting back and reflecting on why I may not be making the progress I want, I realized something: every workout I put my headphones in, hopped on the treadmill for a couple minutes, and lifted the same weight, day in and day out. I was giving each workout the same minimal energy and focus, going through the motions. I wasn’t following the program that was made for me, I wasn’t trying to increase my weight to make it more challenging, and most definitely didn’t have my head in the game. I used to find joy in going to the gym, but it recently became something that I felt like I HAD to do rather than WANTED to do. This caused me to fall into a negative pattern.
Over the last two weeks I have made some changes that I wanted to share with some of you that may have lost your love for the gym.
Switch Up the Music
Sometimes just a little change in the playlist you put on will give you that extra boost of motivation you need.
Don’t Force Anything
If you had a long busy day and don’t feel like heading to the gym, don’t force yourself to! That quote, “a bad workout is better than no workout” doesn’t apply all the time. Sometimes it makes you feel worse to go to the gym when you don’t want to then it is to miss a workout.
SWITCH IT UP!
Instead of warming up on the treadmill every day, try the stair master or bike!
Take a new class that your school may offer. Spin classes and yoga sessions have become new favorites of mine!
You can also make your workout fun by changing the atmosphere. Sometimes being stuck in a gym can get a little boring, try a workout outside on a nice day!
It’s Not About Looks
Going to the gym shouldn’t just be about wanting to look good in a bathing suit! Working out should be about wanting to strengthen your body and mind. It is a positive way to relieve stress & anxiety. It’s even a place to make new friends.
Remember that it is OKAY if you are stuck in a workout slump, it happens to everyone!
What is most important is how you feel! Hope these tips help you get out of your rut in a positive way, you go girl!
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