So you’ve lost weight and you’ve reached your goal with a myriad of efforts. Those efforts included working out on a regular basis and watching what you ate. Feeling pretty good, you stick with your routine for a while and then it happens. You get bored. The treadmill workout starts to feel like drudgery and the elliptical trainer is no better. The key to staying motivated is you’ve got to keep it interesting. There are so many ways to get your workout on and you haven’t even scratched the surface. I bet you could come up with 30 different ways to keep your workout interesting on a regular basis.
From fencing to Zumba, staying in shape doesn’t have to end or begin with the treadmill. Studies show that those who keep their weight off exercise on a regular basis – regular as in “daily.” I don’t know about you but I don’t look forward to getting on the treadmill everyday. So it’s important for me to find other activities that will keep me motivated and thus working out regularly. As I lost my weight, I tried a number of things that I always wanted to try. Some days I would run, and other days I might take a kickboxing or a Zumba class. I also had a trainer who always had something up his sleeve so our workouts were never the same. The truth is this is a lifetime commitment to yourself and lifetime is a pretty long time. Making an workout appointment with yourself and keeping it is important. Know your workout style and preferences. For example, I prefer working out in the morning and it never fails if I don’t make it to the gym in the morning, I’ll tell myself I’ll do it later on. It doesn’t always workout that way unless I have a workout class scheduled. Honestly, I don’t like working out in the evening but I will do it on occasion.
It takes a little bit of homework but if you’d like to take your workout to the next level and you need a shot in the arm to get excited again, then try something different like rock climbing, fencing or something that you’ve always wanted to try. If you’ve never hired a trainer, find one that might train you and your friends. Instead of going out to eat with your friends, how about throwing a workout party and have a trainer do a group session. Have your guests bring a healthy dish to share. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and do different things that will keep your fitness journey fun and interesting. So, how do you stay motivated for the long haul?