We all have moments when we are trying to accomplish something and then we lose productivity; this can happen for a variety of reasons. Drive is an inherited trait for me, so I usually like to work at something until it is done. In the past, I have delayed workouts until I felt like I had enough accomplished. Although this is a temptation of working at home, working at home also gives me a perfect way to shift my attention and keep productivity high, rather than losing energy and inspiration overly focused on a single task. If I am waiting for inspiration or thinking out a problem or waiting for a response on an issue, it is a perfect time for me to do laundry, wipe down the sink, vacuum, or scrub the toilet. When I am tired of housework, I find it very easy to sit down and do some work. Lacing up my shoes and grabbing a quick run is another great option, if I don’t have a meeting coming up.
When taking on a workout routine and sticking to it, a major complaint is often doing the same thing every day. It can feel like you have given yourself a lifetime prison sentence and your life revolves around your workout. Even those of us who love our jobs need a weekend or vacation to stay excited about what we are doing. Everyone needs a change of pace. It is difficult to stay motivated when something is boring, especially since the pay off for diet and exercise is generally long term. Unless you are working out eight hours a day (with Bob and Jillian), you are unlikely to see the fast results that we watch on the Biggest Loser. When you are frustrated or bored, stick to it by changing it up.
Here are some workouts to try when you need a break from your regular routine:
1. Jog – Running can be intimidating if you are not already doing it, but you never know what will happen if you give it a try. I was pressured into it and now I run half marathons.
2. Lift weights – I have always found weight lifting to be a very satisfying workout when I have a program to follow.
3. Yoga – This was another workout that I avoided without any good reason. Although there are times that I have difficulty focusing my mind, I generally feel energized and healthy when I finish a yoga workout. There are several varieties, so find one that sounds interesting or try something new.
4. Fitness Video – Utilize your local library and give a new workout a try. They will likely have everything from belly dancing to Tae Bo and P90X. Grab one from the 80s and be entertained by fashion and hairstyle choices while burning calories.
5. Take a class – At least one day a week, you can spice up your routine by finding an interesting class at your local gym or dance studio.
December 1st, 2009