As a healthy living and fitness blogger, I'm a teeeensy bit frustrated to admit this but, I'm in a rut.
With my workouts.
I know it happens to everyone and I'm surrounded by so many positive, healthy women in life and especially here in my little blogger circle world, but I'm frustrated! Let me explain:
We all go through phases working out, sure. Right now I'm in a yoga phase. Big time. Have been for awhile. Last fall I was pairing yoga with HIIT and things were good. Now I look so forward to yoga any other workout seems not as fun. Kim did a guest post recently on how to stick to your workout routine, and all of her tips were fantastic! Her tip about doing a workout that is fun for you hit close to home for me though. I feel like I've gotten so into yoga I don't do hardly any other workouts. This is fine, nothing wrong with that, but I like my body when I'm lifting weights and doing full body moves. I also like the heart-pumping sweat I get when I do HIIT and lifting. So, I'm getting serious about mixing up my workouts. This Saturday and Sunday both I did about 30 minutes of full body workouts and today will be for yoga. I love yoga so so much but I honestly feel better when I'm mixing workouts and not just doing one thing all the time, so I'm trying to motivate myself!
So, what do you do when you're in a workout rut?
1. Try something new
Pick a class or routine you've never done and switch it up!! I am thinking about taking a spin class this week or possibly even Zumba, both of which I have done once or twice apiece. I need to find a new way to sweat and to get my body moving!!
2. New workout clothes, anyone?
Workout clothes are the BEST motivation, always and forever hands down period. Some of my favorite brands are Under Armour, Ellie, and Zella. New workout clothes make me excited to get my butt up and get moving!
3. Seek inspiration
Usually, I check Pinterest. TONS of motivating quotes, tips, and workouts there! However, more recently I have been checking some of my favorite blogs for new workouts or even just to see someone else working out and eating healthy...it makes me want to try my hardest. Some of my favorite blogs for workout inspiration are The Fitnessista (always something new and exciting; Gina also lives in Tucson), My Own Balance (Brittany always has freaking crazy awesome reviews of classes I've never heard of but need to try), Busy Bod (Yoga inspiration and also has convinced me I must try TRX ASAP). I follow a million and one amazing women though, these are just a few I check every day for workout inspiration!
4. Remember why you started, and how far you've come
My fitness journey has been all over the place, but overall, I am the happiest I've ever been, and most of it has to do with my healthy lifestyle. I am happy with my body, my health, and my mental state of being, which I attribute to working out and eating right! Among a few other things but those are the top ones. When I feel lazy or unmotivated, I remember how I felt before I made this my lifestyle and realize that I want to stay feeling great, so that helps me get up and get going!
5. Just get up and workout anyway!
(couldn't get off the floor after my leg workout yesterday...success!)
This is what I did this weekend to get going and honestly, it just works. I made myself do it and I felt a THOUSAND times better. All of these tips help me when I need to motivate myself to work out, but this one seems to be my go-to :)
What do you do when you're in a workout rut? How do you get motivated??