Spring, the time of year where everything starts anew. Or is it? By now, some people who made New Year’s resolutions have stopped on their quest toward the goals they set. Other individuals are still marching along and making progress on their resolutions. But there’s another group — those who are physically doing something but are just going through the motions. Why?
It could be due to stalled progress, lack of enthusiasm, being bored with the same routine, seeing the same faces at the gym, no variety in your fitness classes, or maybe the instructors seem bored.
Why not try something different to shake things up, jump start your enthusiasm and propel your progress forward. Make it interesting and fun again. Here are a few suggestions that may help you look at things in a better light.
- Try another gym. New faces, different equipment and different class offerings await you at a new gym. It’s OK to have multiple memberships. If you can’t afford to have multiple memberships, many gyms offer week-long guest passes or punch passes that allow you purchase a certain number of classes, which you can use at your discretion.
- Try something completely different. Are you a cardio junkie? Maybe try some weightlifting instead. Pumping iron can challenge you and tell your muscles they have been worked.
- Weather permitting, get outside. Go for a power walk, run or bike ride.
- Make it fun. Play some heart-pumping music through your headphones and exercise as hard as you can for 20 seconds, then slow it down for 10 seconds. Keep repeating.
- Step outside your comfort zone. Try a different class. Interval cardio/weight-training, spin class, Tabata or kickboxing — these are all types of workouts we do at Walton’s Total Fitness. Do you like working out at home? Think about investing in a new piece of equipment.
The bottom line is, don’t be afraid to try new things. Put yourself out there. You never know what you may be good at. At age 45, I decided to take a fitness class and was exposed to many different types of exercise I thought I would never be interested in. I found out that I love heavy power lifts, like dead lifts, shrugs, and the clean and press. What I also did not expect is that I would be good at it and much stronger than I thought.
One of my clients at Walton’s Total Fitness always chose the lightest weights for her workouts. Recently, I challenged her to try heavier weights, even if it were for just one or two sets. She ended up using more than double the weight than she tried before and lifted with ease. I loved seeing how proud she was and her sense of accomplishment.
Don’t become stagnant and bored. It’s easy to get in a rut, lose your enthusiasm and give up on your goals. Shake things up occasionally, keep your routine fresh and make it fun and different. You may be much more capable than you think and discover a new interest or passion for fitness you never thought possible.
Joni Walton is the owner of Danlee Medical Products and Walton’s Total Fitness. Walton holds certifications in Group Fitness and Spin. To learn more about Danlee Medical, call 800-433-7797 or visit danleemedical.com. For more information regarding Walton’s Total Fitness, contact Walton at 315-430-3655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.