I go through phases where I either really love or hate the routine that I’m currently doing, and when the latter happens, I always try to mix things up. Working out should never feel like a chore. If you aren’t loving the workouts you are doing, you are either going to have a really bad session or are just not going to go. Trust me, I’ve been there. Using any and all excuses to not go, because you aren’t looking forward to it.
It’s hard to find a routine you love and for it to not slowly slip down into the hate category. Just as hard as it is to keep coming up with new routines you love, as there is only so much you can do to change – through your own personal limitations, time restraints, equipment, funds and so on.
But – there are a few simple things you can do to really jazz up your workouts, that don’t cost much or need very much effort in order to implicate into your session. So you get to look forward to doing it, and it doesn’t take any time or effort in order to do. Win/Win.
1. THE RIGHT PLAYLIST.
We have all been there. In the middle of a session, and you hit the wall – and then that tune comes on and it’s like the weight has been lifted off your shoulders and you smash it. The right playlist or sets of playlists really can improve your mood, productivity and overall effort in the gym.
I have a few different playlists that I rotate through, and Spotify is incredible for collating different playlists depending on your mood and what you are working on. The Hiit Pop work-out is one of my faves on already created playlists that I can easily tap and go. My own playlists filter between Old-School Rock, Country to Broadway Soundtracks through to acoustic for yoga or stretching. It all depends on my mood that day, and if I’m in the middle of a session and the playlist just isn’t doing anything for me, I can easily just swap and find something that does. Having these playlists already created means you don’t have to stop and waste time trying to find something, you can just swap and get on with it.
And, the right soundtrack is nothing without the right piece of equipment to listen to it on. My headphones are one of my most important pieces of kit in my gym-bag, without these, my workouts just don’t feel as on point as I need them to be. Headphones must block out all outside noise, otherwise, I get distracted and lose my flow. They must also fit comfortably without being too bulky, and must never slip out/or off your ears – there is nothing more frustrating than having to constantly stop to put them back in. I have been using my Bose overhead wireless headphones for the past year, which I love for running or cycling but they slip or get in the way during more intense cardio workouts or more studio based stuff so when Skullcandy offered to send me their Method BT Sport Earbuds which fit around the base of your head tightly (but comfortably) to stop that problem of bulk and slip that other headphones have I was super excited.
Their sleek, secure fit really does seamlessly fit into any workout that I put them through, and at only £49.99 they are also super affordable to others on the market.
2. THE RIGHT WHEY TO FINISH
One of the things that gets me through any tough workout is knowing I get to eat at the end of it. If you read my updated spring morning post, you would have seen that I normally do my workouts fasted. This is due to working out early in the morning, and I’m not really an early-morning-eater. But I do love a good, cold and silky protein shake after a hard session. That sweetness after sweating hard makes it all seem worth it.
So another tip to powering through is to find a protein shake or bar that you love. This way, you will be more inclined to continue and smash your session, knowing you have something delicious and tasty waiting for you at the end of it.
Like my playlists, I have a few different brands and flavours that I rotate through. This way if I get bored of one and it’s not having it’s desired power through effect I can swap to a new one, and the excitement starts all over again.
I’m currently on the Strawberries and Cream whey’d sachets due to their ease and simplicity of their single-serve sachets. I can just pop them into my gym bag and mix at the gym (they are so smooth they don’t even need a mixer to get the silky texture which is amazing, especially after an upper body session!). If I’m out running and can make my shake at home, I’m currently obsessing over VIVE’s Vegan Peanut Butter powder – its nutty flavour is like a Reese’s PB cup has just exploded over my tongue.
3. MIX IT UP WITH BAE
Having a workout partner, either in RL or online that can keep you motivated and on track can do wonders for your attitude and drive. And, its even better when you can swap workout ideas, tips and struggles.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to someone about your progress and journey, you can get workout guides that can give you all the information, tips, tricks and workouts that you need that you can easily pop into your bag, or have on your phone.
I’ve been using Zanna’s workout guide for the past few weeks, switching between her weighted upper body workouts and my normal cardio routines – but just like the above and I’m guessing you are seeing the pattern now, it’s always good to mix things up and to have a new source of inspiration to follow and get excited about! Which is why my new bae in my bag is Carly Rowena’s Women’s Health Guide.
Her Ultimate Glutes Guide is the perfect addition to my current workouts. It comes complete with 44 killers moves to build a shapely bum and they definitely do put the burn in that peach.
Do your research, find what you love and don’t feel embarrassed if you start to get bored of it. Just repeat the above and keep finding things that you and your body love. You don’t have to be a one trick pony when it comes to working out. Make it adaptable around your likes, dislikes and mood. Find what makes you excited because I can guarantee it will be a lot easier to get up and go if you do.