How to Get Out of an Exercise Rut
- Practice visualization. If it’s been a very long time since you’ve worked out, try picturing yourself at your ideal, prime fitness level. Be realistic in your expectations, but setting a specific mental goal for yourself (being able to finish a 10K, play a round of basketball with your son, or keep up with the instructor at a yoga class) can give you a boost.
- Gear up for a good cause. Keep an eye out for charity walks, runs, and bike rides in your area, and be sure to give yourself enough time to adequately prepare in advance. It’s a lot harder to turn on the TV and bail on a workout when you know you have a charity event coming up. Bonus points for getting sponsored.
- Adopt a “can do” attitude. Swap out excuses like “I’m too tired” or “I’m too busy” with “I can go to bed earlier so I am rested to exercise” and “I can make time for myself to be healthy”.
- Find a workout buddy. Some people love exercise classes, others hate them – but if you struggle to stay on track, having a peer or even a group of peers can be helpful.
- Keep trying new things. A boring routine can quickly kill motivation, so keep an open mind. Exercise doesn’t always have to be done in a gym – try something you’ve never done before, like indoor rock climbing or dance lessons.