Over the years, I have watched thousands of people come in and out of gyms. Im talking about the core group that show up day in and day out. They park in the same parking space, warm up on the same treadmill, do certain body parts on certain days and they haven’t changed a thing for years.
Months will go by and they look the same.
I’m sure you’ve seen these people, but I’m sure its not you…
If you’re anything like me, you get bored with the same old thing. Machines, certain body parts and doing the same ol’ stuff bores me to tears! It has gotten to the point where I have to stir it up or I won’t workout at all. So how do you bust through the bouts of boredom?
1. There needs to be a reason to go, the more emotional, the better. This may sound cliche, but it is vital. Do you know why you’re going to the gym today and what you’re going to accomplish? Odds are, you have no idea. You have to walk in with a purpose. For a bride it may be certain asthetic goals before her big day, while an athlete may want to dominate the competition next season. What is your motivation? I have resorted to challenges. I need some competition to stimulate my mind and get me moving.
2. Get a partner that is consistent. A horse by itself can pull about 1500lbs, but two horses working together can pull 4000lbs. Why is that? Its because they motivate each other. When you have a running mate or someone to push you, it can make all the difference in the world. Get a partner or hire a trainer. Either way, you need someone to push you and hold you accountable.
3. Set a date. It can be a contest, race or a specific event. Bottom line, you need to set a date to create a sense of urgency. You’ve probably noticed or heard people say “the busiest people seem to get more done”. A college student with tons of free time ends up doing nothing, but a student who plays a sport and only has 3 hours to study gets all A’s. So use this principle and set yourself up for success. Sign up for something, plan a trip or something that will keep you focused for the next few weeks.
4. Once your goal or date is set then you need to focus on your habits. Think about your current habits that may be slowing down your progress or holding you back (sleeping in, procrastinating after work, not preparing your food, not grocery shopping, etc). Write down your bad habits then you need to create new habits. Think about ways to solve or avoid your bad habits. Maybe you shop every Sunday, before the week gets too busy or prepare healthy meals a couple days per week. Bottom line, your long term success starts on the things you are doing today.
So, think about it for awhile and lets create some goals, hold each other accountable and get the energy and focus back into your workouts!
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