Does the thought of hitting the gym at the same time, same place, every single day of the week fill you with dread? For many of us, the routine and structure of exercising can become monotonous, often leading to some of us even giving up on it all together through sheer boredom.
However, maintaining an exciting and stimulating exercise routine doesn’t have to equal tedious time spent doing the same thing over and over again.
Think of it as a plan, rather than a routine, and you’re halfway there!
Exercise Should Be Fun
Why not simply make a new plan of action? Here’s a simple but effective way to get started on changing your exercise habits once and for all:
Write down a List of at Least 10 Physical Activities You Enjoy as an Individual
From running or speed walking to diving and rollerblading, if it can be classed as an exercise and you would like to add it to your exercise plan, write it down here!
Now Write the Same Amount of Activities down That You Would like to Do as Part of a Team
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to join a netball or hockey team, or maybe you’d even like to take up line dancing or ice hockey, what would you prefer to do with others?
Now Look at How Many Sessions of Exercise You Could Possibly Commit to per Day
This isn’t to say that if you discover four spare hours in your day that you need to exercise throughout them! Instead, look at possible gaps in your timetable where you could implement random sessions.
Highlight those snippets of miscellaneous available time slots for the week ahead, but don’t write anything in the boxes, leaving them vacant.
This way, when you do come to decide what you want to do for the week, you have a choice of days and times, be it morning or evening.
Once you’ve taken these three steps, pick a couple of individual exercise routines and mix them in with a couple of team sessions. As you have a week of available spaces in front of you, try performing your activities at a time you may not have otherwise attempted before, experiencing how different it feels every session.
If you can increase your preferred activity list every week, imagine the potential of implementing one of the most exciting exercise plans ever seen before!