How to Break Out of a Workout Rut

This week I was in a total workout rut and I had zero remorse (kind of).  It’s perfectly acceptable to take a day or two off to rest, but I was taking it to the next level.  I had 5 days of inactivity until finally one of my friends asked me to hit the morning PiYo class today.  So I had a brain storm, what do I normally do when I hit a workout rut?  You know, that time when you’re killing it at the gym or on your runs, about to break new personal records, and then all of the sudden – you just decide that you’ve done enough here and call it quits for a few days?  I’m sure there are some deep-seeded psychological reasons that I do this to myself, but that’s a discussion for another time never.

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5 Ways to Break Out of a Workout Rut

1. Have a workout buddy to keep you accountable

I don’t always work out with a friend, I would say 90% of my workouts are solo.  I enjoy the alone time, and I find it difficult to deal with the mental challenges of having a running buddy.  However, I do have a friend or two that I will do other workouts with, and just getting back to it one time can completely turn things around.  That’s where said friend comes into play to ask you to go to a class, or meet for a quick workout, and just like that you’re back on track!

2. Don’t wait until Monday

Don’t wait for anything, for that matter.  It’s so easy to get into the mindset that if you miss Monday the whole week is shot, but we all know deep down that it’s just an excuse.  I almost used it myself this week when it was closing in on Thursday and I hadn’t worked out one day.  I thought about just writing the entire week off.  Don’t punish yourself or beat yourself up, just get back out there!

3. Schedule a workout like it’s a meeting

I have a weekly planner that I sit down and map out my daily tasks for the week every Monday.  As long as I think of a workout like a meeting, I hold myself accountable and don’t accept excuses to skip.  Make sure you schedule other activities around the workout, don’t let it be the first thing to go when things get crazy.

4. Read healthy living blogs, articles, Pinterest boards

Sometimes when I am dragging and it’s hard to visualize my goals, I hit the internet.  Get on the Pinterest app and look at healthy living boards in your spare time.  Even looking at pictures of others in workout clothes gets me feeling a little more motivated (especially when I want to look like them).

5. Just do it.

The most simple yet difficult thing to do is just to suck it up and do it.  Don’t overthink it, just get out there and make it happen.  You will never regret it.

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