It is a New Year, which means many people have made the resolution to exercise more and lose weight.
However, just because the resolution is made does not mean people like to exercise. Many people downright hate to work out, but they do it. Having that mentality can make exercising dull and can cause people to get into a workout rut.
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Self magazine has some fantastic tips that will help even those that dislike working out to break that unfortunate rut. Now, the first suggestion might seem like a no-brainer but only do workouts, exercises classes or other fitness routines that you like. When you exercise for enjoyment and not just to get the number on the scale to move then, it won't get dull.
Another great idea, which is an oldie but a goodie, find a workout buddy. Find a friend who is willing to try new routines, loves the same exercises you do and is committed. Having another person will not only keep you motivated but also will make you feel more comfortable in a class. There truly are a slew of benefits to having a workout buddy. However, that doesn't mean you have to always work out with a pal. Solo exercise time now and then is great for your mentality.
Try different workouts to figure out what you like. It is just like dating. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. Besides by giving all workouts a try, you discover more options to add to your exercise routine making it less of a rut. It is imperative to give all new workouts at least two or three tries to find out if you like the routine or class.
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The next two tips go hand in hand. Find a workout that is more like a hobby. If it doesn't feel like work, then it will be more fun, and you will be more likely to stick to it. Along with treating it like a hobby, customize working out into your schedule in a way that will force you to stick to it. For example, if you tend to dread working out, trying exercising in the morning. It may be tough to get out of bed but the feeling you have after it is done and your whole day is ahead of you will be amazing.
What are your tips for not getting in a workout rut?