Let Your Fitness give a Priority
Think about your fitness routine. How do you structure your schedule, goals and logistics ? Then think about how well your routine matches the following scenario: you visit the training center of your choice (HIIT, CrossFit, yoga, gym, etc.) three days a week, at regular intervals and always at the same time of day. Let’s say Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 18: 00, right after work. They do the same style of class, with about the same people and the same coach / trainer / teacher. They have a special set of clothes and shoes for this company.
Think about your fitness routine. How do you structure your schedule, goals and logistics ? Then think about how well your routine matches the following scenario: you visit the training center of your choice (HIIT, CrossFit, yoga, gym, etc.) three days a week, at regular intervals and always at the same time of day. Let’s say Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 18: 00, right after work. They do the same style of class, with about the same individuals and the same coach / trainer / teacher. They have a special set of clothes and shoes for this company.
None of this is negative. In fact, those who manage this level of regularity and consistency can usually boast a lot of results for their efforts. However, a diet like the one above can soon go from an exciting business that takes you back every time to another thing that you have to do at a certain time.
Being in a certain place at a certain time, wearing a certain dress is very much like a job. Granted, no one spends more than 40 hours a week at the gym, their workout time is (hopefully reading) a lot more fun than their office hours, and these workout clothes are soft, stretchy and at their choice. The point to remember is that, despite the fact that you decide to train, how to train and when to train, you can easily take on the monotony of a vocation.
The Shared Fitness Routine
We divide our fitness in a small box, a project that is parallel to our “real” life, to be considered and appreciated during the prescribed time and place that we have assigned to it. This brings him to the same level of duties and taxes. “I mow the lawn on Saturday, take the garbage on Wednesday, do my taxes in April and train on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.”Shifting your movement and practice into the field of things that simply need to be done” is the fastest way to ignite or feel resentment in your training.
SUITABILITY is not achieved in a defined place or time. Fitness is not a side project. In fact, fitness is not even a project, but a thread that will be woven throughout your life. A lens through which you see your world, and a filter through which you pass your decisions.
Different gyms and different training styles always attract with the way they are more fun, different and exciting than others. The big secret of our industry is that they are doing well, but they are all wrong. If you are stuck in a monotonous routine, any change is both welcome and exciting. But in a short time (weeks and even years) everything can become routine. It’s not about finding your perfect partner, it’s about understanding that your perfect partner is a developing, almost living being that grows and changes as you do. More than any training style, they are wired for novelty.
I understand how many people develop such a rigid relationship with their fitness regime. More than understanding, I admire the kind of commitment that such a regime shows. If you give priority to your personal health and fitness, you need to get over the everyday whims that arise. That’s actually what it means that something is a priority. For some, such rigidity is an advantage and an important feature of their success. I testify that these people are the exception rather than the rule.
For the most part, it is the rigid structure, the same one that keeps you busy in the early stages, which ultimately leads to burnout.
The key is to redefine what it means to prioritize your fitness. Let your fitness be a supportive system for life, rather than life itself. Do things that benefit and test your fitness to make sense of your workout. Let’s face it, the passion for training itself only lasts so long. Let the passion for the many aspects of your life guide your education and provide the necessary commitment.
Prioritize your fitness, but don’t separate it from a rigid boundary. Instead, weave it into your life. This brings novelty for a continuous recharge on excitement and allows both your time commitment and your workout styles to adapt to your natural changes in life.
Fitness for Real Life
The first step to bringing freshness into your fitness routine is to ask yourself why you are exercising in the first place. The goals give meaning and direction to your training, and the goals that come from your passions are the strongest. A 40-MINUTE 10Km run or doing a strict pull-up are wonderful goals to achieve, but to become stronger in your favorite hobby (eg. a better climber), playing basketball with your kids or being fit enough to try an activity you’ve always dreamed of will motivate you to a much deeper level.
Building a training plan around a life goal not only adds a deeper meaning and direction, but integrates your life passions into your fitness. If you are fit enough to play basketball with your children, you will learn not only what factors you need to train, but also that you can spend as much time as possible playing basketball. A win / win / win.
In addition to integrating your fitness into your normal life, here are some ways to keep your regular workouts a little more innovative:
Just take your normal routine and your partners to a new place and integrate your new environment into the training. A public park, a beach, a lake, a hiking trail, a high school path can add the necessary freshness for an otherwise normal workout. Some of my favorite park workouts are structured like my regular fitness workouts with fun things like jumping and crawling bears between stations.
Test your fitness
Try something new that will challenge you bodliy and mentally. You don’t need to make it a weekly routine, but sometimes you have to give up a gym session for a new activity. Try something that has fascinated you as always; or even better, something that has always intimidated you. Indoor climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, parkour and trampoline parks are safe but exciting ways to challenge your fitness.
Following several paths
Mix your workout styles throughout the week. Not only is it a great way to keep things interesting, but it also allows you to exercise and exercise more often. Maybe you work out with weights a few days a week, so try running, hiking or yoga on holidays.
Try to find something that excites you (maybe some of these new activities that you have tried now). These should look like a break from your more structured days and should give priority to pleasure. These days are also the best place to mix with these “real” passions, such as hiking, cycling or surfing. Personally, I find that the two factors that really make these days shine are both: one of my passions is to practice and spend time outdoors.
Breaking the structure
If you feel exhausted by your current training or are not motivated to keep your commitment as high as it used to be, don’t worry. You are not lazy or do not lose your motivation, you probably let your commitment limit your fitness in a second job. Mix things up and incorporate your fitness goals into aspects of your life that you love.
Exercise and training must be bodliy demanding, but also a pleasant exercise of freedom. Do not let the structure and monotony that often have to define your professional life penetrate into your education. Your fitness class should be a break with that mentality, not an extension of it.