5 Ways To Push Past Your Workout Rut

Let me see if this sounds familiar: you’re committed to working out and staying fit; you get out of bed most days and work out for 30 minutes, and…you’re bored out of your mind. Hitting an exercise rut is very common and happens to all of us from time to time. 

How to Overcome Your Rut

Learn how to push past your workout rut to keep getting stronger and seeing results.

Most people let these ruts veer them off course—they hit a weight loss plateau yet continue going through the same old motions without seeing any new results. Here’s my advice: if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. If you want to keep seeing results, then challenge your body with new things! Here are five ways to get over your workout rut or fitness plateau.

PROBLEM: You’re Running Low on Motivation

Solution: Group Fitness Classes

There can be something calming and exhilarating about working out by yourself—going on solo runs, taking time for yourself to swim laps at the gym—it’s all wonderful. But you are only human if you find an occasional dip in your motivation. It can often be cyclical or even seasonal. When this happens, consider surrounding yourself with like-minded people in a group fitness class.

You may feel intimidated by group fitness classes, but they actually exist to provide inspiration and encouragement—to show you you’re not alone.When you feel yourself wanting to give up, you’ll find you can both push yourself harder and have more fun in a group environment—I can almost guarantee it.

PROBLEM: You’re Always On the Go And Don’t Have Time For The Gym

Overcome your weight loss plateau by bringing the gym home with you.

Solution: Get Healthy U TV

If you travel a lot or are always on the go like I am, getting in fun and effective workouts every day can be a challenge. The easy solution? Take the gym with you wherever you go. With online workouts, you can stream a new class every day—from ANY device. This is the key to getting a variety of workouts in no matter what your schedule looks like. Get Healthy U TV has everything from circuit training to Pilates, yoga and cardio workouts. Being guided along in these online workouts is like having your own personal trainer with you wherever you go!

PROBLEM: You Hit A Weight Loss Plateau and Get Discouraged

Solution: Up Your Weight or Reps…and Try HIIT Workouts

Remember earlier when I said that if you don’t switch up your workouts, you’re bound to hit a weight loss plateau? It’s true, but that doesn’t mean you should get discouraged and give up. Just the opposite: it means you’ve successfully challenged your body and now it’s time to move to the next level and UP your game! Pat yourself on the back and get ready to move up in weight, up your number of reps or try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). HIIT workouts give your metabolism a huge boost, helping you break free from an exercise rut and build muscle while torching more calories.

PROBLEM: You End Your Workouts Too Early

Solution: Get a New Playlist (Or Workout Buddy!)

If you have no problem starting a workout but always decide you’re done after 20 minutes, Houston, we’ve got a problem. While some exercise is always better than none, you want to push yourself to workout longer on occasion—think 30 to 60—minutes to really challenge your body and see new results. Shorter workouts of higher intensity can be great to tone up, but sometimes you’ve simply got to put in the time—especially with lower-intensity activities like walking—to really see results. Download a new playlist to keep your motivation high throughout the whole workout or enlist a workout buddy! It sounds simple, but just having someone work out with you can help you exercise longer and also have a little fun.

PROBLEM: You’re Getting Sidelined By Overuse Injuries

Solution: Alternate Different Exercises Throughout the Week

Everyone has their workout of choice: for some people, they want to run everyday—for others, they prefer strength training or yoga. No matter what workout you love the most, it’s important to switch it up to reduce the negative impacts on your body. If you ran everyday without incorporating any strength training or yoga, it would be harder on your joints than if you took a day off from running to stretch, build and repair those muscles. Alternate lower impact workouts with your higher impact exercises, like running.

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