For some people, getting started is the most challenging part of exercising. For others, sticking with a fitness routine is even more challenging. If you’re having a hard time maintaining the motivation to exercise, don’t despair. Even professional athletes sometimes struggle to stay on track. The good news is that personal trainer, Austin Alexander Burridge, knows many ways to get your motivation back. Below, Mr. Burridge shares a few of his most effective methods.
Find a fitness buddy
Make plans to exercise regularly with a friend. When someone else is counting on you to show up, it’s a lot harder to blow off your exercise regimen. Plus, having a friend along can help pass the time, making a dull routine more fun.
Join a fitness class or team
If exercising with a friend is fun, then exercising with an entire group of people can be a blast. You’ll sweat and laugh together, and you’ll cheer each other on. Consider a dance, kickboxing, yoga, aerobics, spinning or martial arts class. Or, sign up for a team sport such as baseball or soccer. If you’re a beginner, seek out a class or team with a supportive atmosphere. Alternatively, you could look for a more competitive environment, if competition is what motivates you.
Set realistic goals
Many people quit exercising because they set goals that are impossible to reach. For example, if you’ve never jogged in your life but decide that you want to run a marathon next month, you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, create goals that are challenging yet realistic. For guidance on what type of fitness goals to set for yourself, consult a personal trainer who can help to design an exercise program that is tailored to your needs.
If your exercise routine is comfortable, and you’re getting bored, it might be time for a new challenge. For example, you could run an extra mile, swim an extra lap, or do more intensive weight training to push yourself to the next level of fitness. However, be sure to consult your doctor or personal trainer before making any significant adjustments to your exercise routine.
Add variety to your routine
If you always take an hour-long walk along the same route at the same time every day, you’ll likely get bored. Try exercising at a different time of the day, in a different location, or for a different length of time. Or, consider alternating different types of exercise. For example, you could do weight training one day and a cardiovascular workout the next. Creating variety in your routine will keep it interesting.
Take a break
Have you been pushing yourself hard with your workout routine? It might be time to take a break before you burn out. Permit yourself to take some time off, whether it’s one day per week, one week per month, or whatever feels right. Schedule the time off from exercise as you would schedule a vacation, and plan a specific date to resume exercising. Otherwise, a “little break” might turn into a long, open-ended sabbatical.
If you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon, it’s not too late to jump back on. These tips will help to infuse enthusiasm back into your fitness routine.
About Austin Alexander Burridge:
Austin Alexander Burridge is a professional fitness guru and personal trainer from Columbia, South Carolina. A healthy lifestyle has always been at the core of Austin’s values, and his focus on implementing a well-balanced diet with an adequate amount of exercise is a passion he imparts onto his clients as well. When he is away from the gym, Austin Alexander Burridge can be found hiking outdoors with his two dogs and enjoying all that nature has to offer.