We all have those days, even weeks, where the last thing you really want to do is go back to the gym.
There is stuff happening in your life and you can't fathom stepping foot back into the gym, and all you want to do is "Netflix and Chill". So, right now, what gets you out of this rut? You and I have both been there before. So how do you climb out of this life consuming vicious cycle? In this article, I'll teach you 2 new tricks to implement into your routine to ensure it never happens again.
#1 - Rest Days. Yes, you read correctly, the more rest days you take, the stronger the drive to keep going back to the gym. It can become a bit repetitive after consecutive days in there, so by incorporating a rest day, you'll keep the fire burning, and the passion and enjoyment well and truly alive.
If you do, and if you don't you should be, structuring your weeks designed around going to the gym, work, life, meals, family and anything else that comes up, then you should also include rest days from training. The people who can stick to their routine for the longest and with the best success have designated rest days, or you simply burn out.
HINT: 5-6 sessions per week if you have a job, family, partner or anything else, can and probably will become too much. In terms of sustainability, 3-4 sessions per week is more than enough to achieve some substantial goals. Always aim for the 3-4 mark, then anything on top of that is a bonus.
Always allocate time for family and friends, and don't let yourself hit burnout, then it all falls apart and you start to resent going to the gym, and you're in a bad frame of mind when you are there.
#2 - Variety. Having variety in your training routine is also very important. Doing the same workout day-in-day-out only works for so long, and it's about 4 weeks. After this time, you'll feel like banging your head against the brick wall. Also, after this point is where your body stops being challenged and won't adapt any longer.
Changing up your exercises, combinations, training styles is important so you can keep interested, excited and motivated to go to the gym again.
This also includes doing alternative forms of exercise outside the gym. Go for a walk around your house, take the kids to the park, ride a bike, go for a swim, climb a tree, do whatever it takes to keep variety up with your movement. The more versatile your weeks look, the better your body will adapt. It's the same with your nutrition, always keep rotating your proteins so your body gets all different sources of protein, delivering all sorts of different benefits.
Keep your body guessing.
So, if you're feeling stuck and need to get out of a rut you're in, contact us via the form below and we will give you a call to discuss the best way to do this, and how we can help you be better.