4 Ways to Take the ‘Routine’ Out of Your Fitness Routine

Saturday, 3 April 2021

It can happen to any of us. We begin a fitness routine with good intentions but when it becomes too routine, by which we mean something of a chore, we can quickly tire of what we are doing. At that point, we can be tempted to call it quits!

As you will understand, calling it quits isn't something to consider. Keeping on top of our fitness levels is important, for both our physical and mental wellbeing, so when our workouts do become boring, we should make changes.

When it comes to your workouts, consider the following if you are starting to become bored with what you are currently doing.

#1: Sign up for a fitness class

If you're tired of working out alone, you could consider a fitness class. Admittedly, this isn't as easy as it sounds with the pandemic situation, although there are places where socially distanced outdoor classes are taking place. The benefit of a class is obvious: You will have a fitness teacher to motivate you. You will also learn a variety of new techniques, and these will come in handy when you're working out alone. Being with other people is also a motivator as you might make new friends and have opportunities to engage in friendly competition with some of them. In short, it could be fun. This leads us onto the next point.

#2: Do something that you consider fun

Your fitness routine doesn't have to be boring! Do something that is active but enjoyable for you, such as the fitness class we mentioned previously or a sport that you are interested in. You could also take up dance classes or martial arts. Or what about Zumba, tai chi, or yoga? These are all enjoyable ways to get fit and boredom shouldn't be a problem. So, have a look online for activities that are happening near you and sign up for anything that might kick the boredom you have been experiencing into touch. 

#3: Try a new piece of gym equipment

Many gyms are closed at the time of writing but when they do start to open again, don't fall into the trap of using the same equipment week in and week out. The treadmill is great for your cardio, for example, but this is one piece of equipment that can get monotonous. Try the rowing machine or stair climber or any other piece of gym equipment that can add variety to your gym session. Consider the same for your home gym. Buying something new can be expensive we know, but there are places where second-hand equipment can be bought so browse the various fitness stores online. 

#4: Keep fit with a friend

Not only will a friend add to the 'fun factor' of your workout sessions but they will keep you accountable too. When you feel like giving up, they should motivate you out of your slumber and give you a reason to put your training shoes on. They might also have workout ideas that you have never considered, so if you can find a fitness buddy, schedule time to meet up with them.

So, if you're sat on the sofa today feeling less than enthusiastic about working out, consider these suggestions. You will benefit both your health and your happiness levels if you do, so motivate yourself to try something different. 

And until next time...

Stay curious!

Are You Feeling Discomfort While Working Out?

Saturday, 6 March 2021

We've all been there. Whether you're super motivated starting a new fitness journey, training for an event, or just getting back into the gym post-COVID, we've all gone a little too hard during our workout. You want to push yourself, really get back into shape, and you may have pushed a little too hard, too quickly.

Some soreness, a little aching to be expected after a workout, and you should, indeed, feel the burn, as they say, while pushing your body to new limits. However, if you’re feeling new discomfort that can’t be explained by that familiar burn or soreness, then you might need to examine how, exactly, you’re working out.

Slow It Down

If you’re working out and you push yourself to a new intensity or lift a new amount of weight then you feel some discomfort, tightness, or pain, you should stop immediately. That’s a clear sign that you might be pushing your body farther than it should go and too soon. Increasing the intensity of your workouts is a great fitness-boosting strategy, but you should only do it once you’re comfortable working at your existing pace and your body is warmed up to kick it up a notch. Don’t up the pace too quickly or too dramatically.

Let Yourself Recover

If you have already worked out (especially to a high intensity) or you have injured yourself recently, then you should listen closely to your body when you start your next session. If you feel pain as soon as you start moving or doing a specific kind of exercise, then it’s a good indicator that you need more time to rest up. Remember, there should be discomfort but not pain.

I think a lot of neglect our recover time. We think the more we workout, the faster we will see results. But not allowing for some recovery can severely impact your progress. It's better to allow your body the time to rest in between sessions, rather than push, injure yourself, and then have to postpone your progress. If you're someone who wants to keep consistency in your schedule, utilise stretching as your recovery session. Your body will thank you!

Wear the Right Gym Gear

Simply put, if you’re not wearing things of the right fit, then you’re going to be experiencing sensations that are going to reduce the effectiveness of your workout. When it comes to sports bras, you don’t need the additional movement and chafing of a bad fit. Similarly, instead of baggy pants, you should switch to these red white and blue workout clothes that offer tightness and compression. You’re going to be able to move your body more freely and, thus, more comfortably.

Shake Off That Sweat

Another physical cause of discomfort is sweating too much or, rather, letting that sweat stay on your skin. Of course, we all do and should sweat while working out to regulate our body temperature. However, if that sweat stays on your body, it can irritate and chafe your skin, not to mention cooling you down too rapidly. Use sweat-wicking materials as well as sweatbands to prevent it from happening.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have given yourself enough time to recover, you’re wearing the right gear, and exercising carefully, but you still feel a specific kind of pain or discomfort that isn’t caused by the regular burn of muscle wear and tear, then you should see a doctor. There could be an underlying fitness injury that flares up when you move a specific set of muscles, for instance, that’s worth looking more closely at.

You need to listen to your body and know the difference between the natural kinds of achiness while working out and recovering, and the kind of discomfort that should, on your first experience, feel wrong. Hopefully, the tips above can help you address and fix the problems behind it.

Have you ever injured yourself because you pushed too hard during a workout? What are some of your recovery tips and tricks? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.

And until next time...

Stay curious!

5 Fitness-Boosting Strategies That Actually Work

Thursday, 4 March 2021

 As anyone who has tried it will attest, finding new levels of fitness is hard. You can run and run and run and never really improve how it feels. Even after many years of practice, you can still look enviously at people who seem to be able to do it so effortlessly. 

Usually, the problem isn’t with your body (or your mind), but your approach. You think that eating lots of white pasta and putting your body through gruelling jogs on Saturday mornings is what you need to do to get the job done. But that’s not it at all. 

4 Ways to Prepare For Your First Off-Road Adventure

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Off-roading has become one of the most popular ways of travelling in recent years. Especially in countries where you have loads of open spaces and long roads connecting you to everything. It's a chance to really break free from the typical travel lifestyle and explore things outside of the busy cities around you. Some popular off-roading travel destinations include Australia, USA and Europe. Regardless of where you want to explore, it's crucial to be prepared!

Not sure where to start? Don't worry we've got you covered. Below, you'll find a few ways to prepare for your very first off-road adventure: