Is your workout routine boring? Does the thought of going to the gym or putting in the same old DVD make you want to crawl right back into bed and pull the covers over your head? Raise your hand if you’re bored. C’mon, be honest! I can be honest to a fault so we’re just going to get this one out in the open. Who’s said it? IT’S BORING!!
Here’s my unsolicited response: It doesn’t have to be!! Are you so determined to just do it that you’ve neglected your right to change it up? I’ve been strength training and working out about five days a week for twenty years and I’m not bored. I use a method of circuit training where I combine high intensity intervals and dynamic movement in multiple planes. That said, the exercises and intensity vary. When I get bored, I switch it up. I target different muscles. I find alternate moves. I rest. If you’ve plateaued in your progress, or your workout is so boring that it’s leading you to lose motivation, then you need to change it up.
How can you change it up? Here are a few ideas:
- Choose an activity you enjoy: Insert a workout day doing something you love. If you love it, you’ll do it, and the point of living a healthy life is to do things that make you move AND bring you joy.
- Vary your routine: Rotate activities to keep your interest, and condition different muscle groups. COR44™ Personal Training Cards™ give you the ability to mix and match workouts to target specific muscle groups. Want to work your chest? Pick out only the cards with the red half circle on the bottom right. Want to target your back? Select the three cards with green circles. You can choose from any of the three total body workouts (each total body workout consists of four cards with a corresponding girl and color) — OR — target a specific area you want to work that day. Basically, this set gives you about a dozen different workout combinations so you won’t get bored. At least not until set 2 is ready! (The photo below combines just a portion of two of the exercise cards.)
- Find a group: Join a local club or set a goal and train with a team. Sign up to do a race, an event or a class that others are doing to have fun and work toward a goal (even if it’s just coffee afterward)! The encouragement of the group can do wonders for your spirit, and you just may find a friend who is on the same health AND heart journey as you.
- Try something new: Explore your options. The possibilities are endless! One of my favorite things is trying something I never thought I could do. Know what’s even better? Trying something someone else told you you couldn’t do! Go rock climbing, sign up for a Spartan race, run a marathon! I was the farthest thing from an athlete and that’s what I did – and I’ve been hooked ever since. If I can do it, YOU can do it!
If this is you — if you’re feeling bored and know you should exercise but you really don’t want to, practice another one of our CORbeliefs: I AM FREE.
Donald Miller said: “Fear tricks us into living a boring life.” You are free to change, move, grow, learn, expand and become something more, less, better or different than you were before. No workout is forever. No life plan is set in stone. If you’re not changing, you’re not growing, and you are FREE (halleluia) to do both. Stop living a boring life. Be free, and live a great one.
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This community is about fitness AND freedom my friend. If you’re on a mission to heal your health AND your heart, then join the community, and find your strength. We’re so much better together. Love ya’ll! Have an awesome weekend!