3 Ways to Get Out of a Fitness Funk

This week I was working, and I realized that I was really restless, for no particular reason.  However, I stopped and decided to really ponder on it.  Why the heck was I so restless?  The more I thought about it, I realized it was because I was stuck in my routine.  I hadn’t changed anything up, and I was just going through the motions.  I was showing up every day because it was my job, and they like when I come LOL.  But, I wasn’t doing anything that I was inspired by.  I wasn’t keeping it fresh.

I think it’s so easy to fall into this pattern in all different areas of our lives; relationships, nutrition, fitness, etc.

Let’s take fitness for an example.  I train for Powerlifting.  But sometimes, if I’m not training for a meet or anything, I find myself just showing up and going through the motions.  I get stagnant.  I’m not really progressing.  It’s almost like I’m just checking it off the list; yep, got that done.  And for me, I genuinely find myself less excited about working out when I’m in this phase.  I don’t necessarily look forward to it.  It’s just another thing I have to do.

But just going through the motions sucks.  At least, I think it does.  You only get one life, and it should be a lot more than just going through the motions.

Here are three things you can do to get yourself out of a fitness funk:

1.Challenge yourself

Sometimes you just need to challenge yourself.  Decide to push a little harder.  Work out with more intensity.  Put a little more pep in your step.  It’s totally possible that you have just been going through the motions because you stopped really challenging yourself to lift heavier, jump higher, run a little bit longer.

Perhaps you just need to stop and rediscover what made you excited about working out in the first place.  Was it finding out you were capable of more than you thought?  Was it the joy of feeling yourself getting stronger each week? Was it the feeling of accomplishment when you finished a kick ass workout?    You can still feel all those things.  Sometimes you just have to stop and recall these feelings.

2.Try something new

For me, boredom can definitely cause me to lose enthusiasm sometimes.  But fitness in an important part of life, and you don’t want to lose your mojo…especially if that means you end up skipping the gym all together.   A good way to cure boredom is to spice things up.

Try a new type of workout.  I did this last summer.  I went to a couple CrossFit WODs with my friends, tried kickboxing out, and even went trail running (which is WAY out of my comfort zone).  Incorporating different things was fun, interesting, and brought some much needed change to my fitness routine.  Additionally, the options are endless.

3. Set a goal

The third way to get out of your fitness funk is to set a goal for yourself. I recently signed up for a PowerLifting meet because I hadn’t competed in a while, and it gives me something specific to train for.  You could set you a goal to compete in a CrossFit competition, sign up for a 5k or half marathon, decide to train for Tough Mudder, or even train for a mini-triathlon.

You could also just set a goal to hit a new PR that you have been after for a while or to improve your agility and speed.  Whatever the goal may be, it can be extremely helpful in reengaging your energy and excitement around fitness.

So if you find yourself bored or tired of the mundane with your fitness, give these steps a try, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want working out to feel like a job or a chore.  I want it to be part of my lifestyle, and something that I truly enjoy and look forward to.

Besides, life is too short to go through the motions.  Live inspired.

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