I am coming up on 2 years of consistently having a workout routine. Routine might be a misleading word, as it hasn’t been the same thing every day, at all. And there have been short breaks (maybe 5 days at most?) mostly because I have done so many different things over the course of two years! I’ve ran, trained for races, jumped all in to the climbing community (and fallen right back out! But have plans to get back in next week). I’ve grown a yoga practice, and achieved several goals, only to realize that they were just the stepping stones and beginnings and left me wanting more time, and even more practice. I’ve realized that yoga gives me far more than I believed a workout ever could. Fitnessblender workouts are my backdrop, what I always north star to, and have given me an incredible baseline of strength. Trying an online IG program through Noelle Benepe has changed my body, muscles, and connected me with Charlie in a whole new way (we’re doing her 21 day program together!). I’ve used my local YMCA and really enjoyed doing some big weight lifting there, and also used treadmills for intervals and speed work. This is the year that hiking became a new love of mine, and I realized that getting my workout in with my kid on my back as we explore a new and beautiful Washington trail, “counted” to me as a workout.
Suffice it to stay, I’ve been all over the literal and preverbal map, with working out these past two years! It might seem like, “wow, you don’t stick with anything!” but the reality is, making these shifts and additions has kept me moving and accountable to a healthy lifestyle, instead of making it a chore or something that I need to do in order to be “ok”.
6 Reasons to Switch Up your Workout, and Stay Motivated!
- Changing your workouts allows you to not be an expert or perfect. It’s easy to start in with yoga and decide that THIS will be the workout. You will dedicate yourself to a 90min practice daily like the IG yogi who inspired you, and you will become long, lean, and pretzel bendy, NOW. Instead, adding yoga in as a piece of your workout, or a part of your meditation, leaves you space to be a beginner. As long as you are or need to be (I sure am!). Allowing different workouts to just be a component of your overall healthy lifestyle takes the pressure off to be always training/moving up in weight/achieving a new balance. It can just be a part of the whole pie.
- Never get bored. What helps me to keep up with my fitness goals and dreams is to switch it up whenever my workouts start to become something I dread. If running stops feeling fun, exciting, and refilling, I take a break and put on a home workout video, or look at the class schedule at the gym. Having that freedom to “just stop” an excercise is amazing. And knowing that I have an arsenal of ideas I can lean on to keep me moving, is a great safety net.
- Keep your body changing. The more you switch up your workouts, the more diverse muscle sets you will build. While it might seem like pushups and curls will transfer over to rock climbing… they don’t (they help, but, whoa, climbing is muscles you can’t seem to work any other way!). When you are regularly running, or climbing, or lifting, or doing body weight… whew! Your body will be always working to keep up, and keep growing. This will give you a really healthy body that feels strong!
- You will always be capable of working out on the go. If you are well versed in body weight workouts, yoga, climbing, swimming, and hiking you are set. Anywhere your job/travels/family takes you, you’ll be capable of keeping your active lifestyle going without feeling like your routine is ruined!
- Avoid injury. Switching up your workouts is good, not just for your brain. Your body won’t be so stressed, or experience fatigue of the same muscles, from the day in and day out repetition. Changing your workouts regularly helps you build different muscles, but it also helps you to protect the ones you use the most.
- This is less of a tip, and more of an encouragement. You can always add something different. The internet is full and overfull of amazing free workout content (my favorite yoga, and fitness!) that is available anywhere there is wifi! If you are traveling and the weather for your daily run is less than ideal, you can switch it up starting now! Download a yoga app, or a hiit timer, and try something different. Your body will feel great, your brain stretched, and your goals intact!
Diversifying your excercise routines doesn’t have to be big, hard, or expensive. It can just look like skipping that workout you have been dreading on Thursday AM and instead seeing if your local gym offers an interesting class, or picking out an online yoga class or workout video. It’s easy at this point to find so many other options, and it will help keep your motivation going.
My goal this week is to get back to rock climbing. It’s been a long break, and I’m getting in my head about doing it. I know I love it, it feeds my body and brain in a different way that no other workout can, and I love it and the women I get to climb with. So, that’s my goal! I’m going to add that in at least once this coming week. Is there an excercise or practice you’ve been wanting to try? Can you commit to tracking it down, or downloading it, and giving it a go? Let me know if you do!