Do you ever feel that your exercise really isn't grabbing you? Are you bored with it? Not looking forward to the next session? Making excuses to avoid exercising altogether? We are all individuals and therefore the gym/running/getting sweaty is not for us all.
So we all know the well documented benefits of exercise. From heart and vascular health, to muscle strength, reduced pains, improved sleep patterns, and a happier mind. So why do the majority of us not find these reasons for exercise inherently motivating?
Perhaps some of these reasons sound like you? If you are struggling with a regular exercise routine and you acknowledge one of these reasons, make a change.
If you just don't feel like exercising and the enjoyment is not there, you will never want to exercise. Convenience sometimes is not enough. Make the effort to find what's right for you, and not everyone else.
If you can't get yourself finishing your workout quick enough, then the enjoyment is not there. Not only that, you are risking injury and perhaps not the best out of your workout, especially if you are using weights.
Regular exercise should give you more energy, not less. Perhaps you are pushing yourself too hard, or it is just not the right exercise for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Just because your friends are loving the gym, or their yoga DVD or Pilates class, doesn't mean you will. Getting that endorphin rush after exercise is different for us all. Perhaps it's dance classes, BMX riding, bush walking or skate boarding with friends. This all counts as exercise and the benefits will be the same.
- Exercise is always the same
Perhaps you have been doing the same workout for as long as you can remember. Like anything, routines can become stale. Interest and motivation are sure to decrease and time is wasted as the benefits of your exercise are also decreased.
So if you are dreaming of bacon when you are exercising, perhaps your focus has been lost.
Pop on your thinking caps, find a new exercise and keep your body on your toes.