I get bored with workouts. I mean REALLY bored with workouts that sometimes I just go through the motion. I know that’s not good, but it happens. There are days when I wake up and think I am done with lifting or yoga or group fitness classes for a while. I try to listen to my body and really focus on what is it that I REALLY want to do. What do I need to do to get my drive and determination back especially since I have not been able to run? I enjoy running because it’s a great stress reliever for me. I also love the sense of accomplishment and “runner’s high” afterwards, but why don’t I get bored with running? It’s because I am always changing up my runs and finding new places to run to.
That’s the key, changing things up! Sometimes trying something different is key to breaking the boredom and breaking free from the plateau. But does it work? I am thinking about people I know that exercise and are really great at it and have lost a bunch of weight or are excelling at their sport. Some of my friends love to sign up for different challenges at the fitness center to stay motivated while others have tried different boutique places. A good friend of mine and running buddy, Dominique, loves to run races and she not only enjoys running them, but is always striving for a PR. How is she so good at this and constantly getting PR’s?! She has found a nutrition program that fits her needs, but she has also varied her training greatly. She did a lot of intense interval training at Orangetheory Fitness, plus she recently began teaching group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness (which she is LOVING), she tries to trail run when the weather is nice (this is great because it is always keeping her muscles guessing as she is running, which in turn building muscle strength) and she manages to fit in a long distance run. She is trying different types of exercise and not hitting a plateau or getting board. Clearly it’s working because she just placed 10th in her age group this weekend at the Cap City Half Marathon! I am so proud of her!
I was determined to follow Dominique’s lead and try different places and exercises, but these places are expensive and with younger kids I need places that offer childcare and/or go on the weekends when my husband can stay at home with the kids. I decided to get on Groupon and I began looking to see who was offering a deal right now. There were several places I wanted to try, but with my family’s schedule I decided to go with PAI Yoga and Fitness here in town. I have driven by there a million times and always wanted to try their classes. I bought the Groupon, signed up for a Barre class (I’m totally digging barre type classes right now) and went to the class this morning. I loved the class! The teacher was very knowledgeable, the staff was friendly and the facilities and equipment were clean! The best part is, I had fun! I wasn’t board and I still have passes from Groupon to go back and try their spinning classes, yoga classes and TRX classes. Sometimes, trying a different location or exercise can be the push you need to break the boredom and breakthrough a plateau. I will began my running again as I have some races in September and October to train for, but until then you will see me around town trying out new places because I refuse to get board or hit a fitness plateau because I'm Just Living Fit!
Where and what types of exercises are your favorite? Is there a fitness studio here in Columbus that I need to check out? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
Trying to fit in exercise is not easy as a mother. Trying to train for races is even harder. Join me as I try to find ways to fit in exercise in my crazy, busy life.