Bored With Your Workout — How to Spice Up Your Fitness Routine

Do you find that after a few weeks of going to the gym at the same time and doing the exact same exercises you become bored?Workout Tips

If your workout gets in a rut, you can feel unmotivated to go to the gym and this can get in the way of accomplishing your fitness goals.

Also, if you always do the same exercise each time you work out, you won’t enjoy the benefit of strengthening all of your muscles. Just sticking to one exercise routine is not the best way to achieve overall fitness and better health.

So what can you do to keep your fitness routine varied and interesting and keep yourself motivated?

Here are some tips:

Try a Class

Check the group exercise class schedule at your gym or your local recreation center. There will likely be a good selection of different classes to attend, such as yoga, dance, Pilates, kick-boxing, step aerobics, and many more.

Make it your goal to try as many as you can until you find your favorite. Classes can be a great way to work out, because you are more likely to push yourself more than when you exercise by yourself.

You will also work different muscle groups, and meet other people who are motivated and living a healthy lifestyle.

Challenge Yourself

Here’s another way to kick start your motivation for working out. When you go to the gym, take a small notebook and pencil with you.

When you do an exercise, such as push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights, swimming lengths do as many as you can without stopping until you just can’t do any more.

Make a note with the date and write down the details of how many you did. Now, your goal for your next workout is to beat all of your past records. You can also make a goal to try a new exercise every time you workout.

Keeping score in this way helps you to track your progress, and it also gives you a goal to aim for. If you are trying to outdo your own performance, you will push yourself harder and be more motivated.

You can even promise yourself a reward if you manage to beat your previous totals, such as going to see a movie or doing something else you enjoy.

Bring a Friend

If one of your friends is moaning about how they need to get in shape, bring them to the gym with you! Most gyms will offer free guest passes or let your friend come for the day at a discounted rate if they are with you.

You can challenge and encourage each other, and teach each other new exercises. Just make sure that you don’t spend all of your time socializing!

These are a few ideas for mixing up your fitness routine and getting yourself motivated.

Have fun working out!

Bad Day? Here Are A Few Simple Ways to Turn a Bad Day Around

We’ve all had one of those days.

Your alarm didn’t go off, and you woke up horribly late for work. You smashed your toe on the table, spilled coffee on your coat, andspent ages finding somewhere to park. When you arrive, you are tired, scatterbrained, and faced with an overwhelming list of tasks, demands and complaints when all you want to do is go back to bed. You sigh to yourself, “What a bad day.”

Bad Day

However, just because a day gets off to a bad start doesn’t mean that you are doomed to suffer

Count Your Blessings 

for the next 24 hours. It is possible to turn a bad day around and make the rest of it okay, and perhaps even great! Here are some tips for stopping a bad day in its tracks and getting your happiness back:

A big part of whether you are having a good day or a bad day really depends on your attitude. If you are focusing on the negative aspects of your life, you will feel defeated and discouraged, but if you can pay attention to the positive things you can turn your perspective around. If you are having a rotten day, grab a piece of paper and make a list of all of the things that are going right in your life that you are thankful for. You will soon realize that all of the things that you have to be grateful for make this day seem not so bad.

Phone a Friend

Sometimes when we are frustrated or discouraged, we just need the sympathetic ear and kind words of a good friend. If you are having a terrible day, contact someone who you can trust who will make you feel better.

Focus on and Complete At Least One Task

Part of the frustration of a bad day is when we feel like we are not getting anything accomplished. Choose something manageable and complete it from start to finish, so that you are able to say that if everything went wrong at least you got something done!

Take Time for Yourself

If part of the reason why your day is so stressful is because your schedule is just so darn packed, why not cancel something of lesser importance and spend that time on yourself instead. That little task can be accomplished tomorrow, and you can spend the time going for a walk, taking a bath, or enjoying a cup of coffee instead. It might just be what you need to feel better again.

If your day starts out bad, don’t let it continue that way! Remember these tips for turning it into a good day instead.

Have you had a bad day recently?  What tips do you have to overcome them?