I’ve heard some variation of “I can’t run on a treadmill or workout on an elliptical because I just get so BORED!” soooo many times. Heck, I’ve been there myself!
Maybe you can relate?
In a way, I think I was spoiled from the start because I began my fitness quest with P90X. I say “spoiled” because unlike figuring out how to lose inches on my own, P90X kept throwing new things at me and kept me moving. (If you’ve ever used the system, you’ll agree that you have to work pretty hard to find a way to be bored by it.)
However, I know that isn’t always the case for everyone.
Some people thrive on routine. It can help to make one’s regimen so predictable that it becomes automatic. Wake up. Put on the workout gear. Sweat it out. Go to work. No time to waste time thinking about working out. #LatherRinseRepeat
On the other hand, it can be counterproductive for some people when something becomes so automatic that it feels more like functioning on autopilot than really putting forth an effort. #Where’dThatSweatGo?
In my own experiences and in conversations with fellow fitness devotees – from those who get their sweat on at home to group fitness enthusiasts to avid runners – variety is essential.
My girlfriend in NYC works out at home and mixes it up each day from doing circuit training to Pilates to Zumba to yoga, and is therefore able to feel like her fitness routine is fresh, engaging and something that she looks forward to.
Another one of my friends has a number of different running paths and locations that she’ll choose from – one near her work, the other by her house, another at her favorite park… You get the point.
For myself, I’ve got my own mix of my tried and true workout programs and more. I’ve gotta say though, the newest thing I’m looking forward to keeping things fresh with is Beachbody’s incredible new program, the “21 Day Fix.”
Y’all know that I’m a huge P90X and X3 fan/advocate, but the thing I’m extremely psyched about with the 21 Day Fix is the fact that it’s right in line with keeping things fresh.
Autumn Calabrese, the creator, essentially designed a 7-day workout program that changes things up every day: It has everything from cardio to upper body to lower body to pilates to cardio with weights… It’s intense, but it’s doable. #VarietyFTW!!!
It’s also good for people of all fitness levels – from those who have never worked out before to die hard trim and slimmers.
As if all that wasn’t already awesome enough, the 21 Day Fix also gives you a fool-proof and simple eating plan. It’s all well and great to know WHAT to eat but it’s still a struggle to know HOW MUCH to eat. As she says, you can over-eat healthy foods as well, so her color-coded approach makes it reallllly simple to eat right and get into the best shape of your life.
The system will be released on February 3rd, 2014. I have a Challenge Group already forming on Facebook and I’d love for you to join us. We will be rocking this program!
Even if you have more than 10 pounds to lose or more than you can lose in 21 days, you can continue on with it. Like Deon, he has an INCREDIBLE story.
Before he started his first round he didn’t have much confidence in his ability to get through 1 workout, let alone 21 days. In fact, this was a last resort before having gastric bypass.
Then, three weeks later, he was down 21 lbs – a pound a day! He finally found the program that gave him HOPE, RESULTS and VARIETY.
Deon has now lost a ridiculous 111 lbs during 10 rounds of the 21 Day Fix.
And the best part is, he’s not done — health and fitness is part of who he is, now.
Here’s to keeping our workouts fresh, and our bodies and minds healthy and fit as well!
You know I love hearin’ from everyone. How do you keep your fitness routine fresh? Have you found any tricks that help you stay fired up and passionate about your workouts and staying fit?