I often hear from people who’ve lost their healthy mojo. Whether running’s your thing, or CrossFit, or sampling every single group class at your gym… you may come to a point where you just don’t love it the way you used to. It’s a routine. No longer fun.
Before you have the “it’s not you, it’s me” talk with — well, yourself and your fitness routine — please reconsider. Think of all the good times you had and how you felt back then. Can you bring those times back?
Try these 10 simple ways of spicing up your training — and fall back in love with it:
1. Find a friend and be fun and fit together
To state the obvious: a running buddy, a swimming partner or gym companion will keep you accountable and motivated. You can each show the other your favorite routes or fitness routine and have fun with new things!
2. Challenge yourself and win!
Climb a big scary hill on your bike (seven times?), run up a challenging trail, try a new class at the gym. Find something that scares you and show that big scary thing who’s boss and be proud of yourself. Lost mojo? It’s been hiding right there behind that big achievement.
4. Try something radically different.
Like horseback riding. Or paintball. Dodgeball? Tough dodger? The whackier it gets, the more you’ll appreciate the beauty of your sport or exercise of choice. Running: so simple, yet safe from flying balls of paint or horse poop!
5. Remember the good times.
Every mojo-less day, take 10 minutes to sit down and think of nothing but how you felt after a particularly memorable workout, training session or race. What did you wear? Who was with you? What did you eat for breakfast that morning? What’d you eat afterwards? Now you want to go do it again, don’t you?
6. Explore a new place
Head out on an unfamiliar route. Have absolutely no idea where it will take you and no expectations about it whatsoever. Take it easy, discover new things and take lots of pictures. It’s like exotic travel, but sweaty. Feeling better already?
8. Make a list of all your achievements
And proudly display it — or them! They’ll be looking you in the eye every time you feel tempted to hang on the couch with Netflix instead of head to the gym to train.
9. Movies, books, songs
Speaking of Netflix. It’s got a whole big ol’ section of sports movies. Funny, romantic, tear jerkers – watch them all! While walking on the treadmill or riding a stationary bike on a rainy day.
From one endorphin addict to another, cheers! And happy LOVE day!