Most new clients enter their first session with guns blazing. They are a wonderful combination of many emotions that are best represented with excitement. They are early to sessions, ask questions, have water bottles, and the smell of new workout clothes leeches from their bodies--I LOVE IT!
They come to me ready to work, ready to sweat, and ready to make changes. As the weeks pass, the gusto fades and the excuses start, lives happen and fitness takes a backseat. The honeymoon period fades and coming to a fitness session becomes one more thing a person has to do in their life.
The same boredom occurs with people who go to a gym and take the same spin class at the same time from the same instructor, runners who run the same route time and time again because they are familiar with the mileage and terrain, and a host of other active individuals. Even if you're training with another person, boredom happens!
To overcome this boredom and prevent yourself from giving up on exercise all together, I have a few suggestions:
- Talk to your trainer: If you use a personal trainer, talk to them about how you're feeling. I know it sounds hard and you may be afraid of hurting their feelings, but you're paying for a service. Tell your trainer what type of results you'd like to see, reevaluate your goals, make sure your voice is heard and that you're on the same page when the conversation is over (I will have a post to follow on how to tell your trainer what you need from them).
- Take a new class at the gym: Simple enough, right? Find something that sounds like it could be fun or even something that you swore you'd never do (for me, it was Zumba and I don't think I'll be going back) and give it a shot. Worst case, you hate it and don't try it again, best case, you found something new you can add to your routine.
- Change the scenery: Are you a treadmill runner? GO OUTSIDE. Do you usually run in the road? Find a flat trail or fire road to go on. This can even be as simple as using the elliptical two down from the one you normally use.
- Switch up the partner: Obviously don't be rude about telling your workout buddy that you're going to try something new, but try it! Maybe go for a jog with a coworker on your lunch break, invite a friend or neighbor to be your guest at your gym, or try doing it on your own. It is always a good idea to work out with someone on the same skill level as you, you don't want either person to feel like they are holding the other one back. In fact, by finding someone who is on the same level and competitive can lead to the best workout of the year.
- New music: This super simple option is all too often overlooked. There are many companies that put together playlists specifically designed for working out. It takes all the guess work out of making your own playlist and you won't always know which song is coming next (Amazon Prime members, there are a truck load of playlists you can listen to for free).