Maintaining your fitness level isn’t that hard, you just keep doing what you’ve been doing. Back (waaaaay back) in the day, my fitness regime was to go to 24 Hr Fitness in Larkspur, sit on the bike for 30 minutes while I read a book or a magazine, listening to music on my Walkman (I did say this was waaaaay back in the day) then do a circuit on the machines, go to the aerobic room for crunches and a quick stretch and off I went.
And not surprisingly, my body never really changed. What I didn’t realize was that in order to move the needle I needed to out of my “routine” and get uncomfortable.
So if you’re stuck in a rut, here are some tips to get you unstuck and to make your workouts a bit harder and more productive.
- Add hills to your daily walk or run.
- Add faster intervals to your daily walk or run.
- Double up on a run day. If you run 4 miles on Thursday morning, add a 2 mile easy run that evening.
- Instead of grabbing the weight you normally do without thinking, try one that’s a few pounds heavier. Even if you can only do 1 or 2 reps with it.
- Hold that plank for 5 seconds longer before you drop down to your knees.
- Load a backpack with some water bottles and take a hike.
- Aim to increase your steps per day (no matter how many you are currently getting) by 2,000.
The key to continue to grow and improve is to consistently challenge yourself. Once that thing that is really uncomfortable to do now, isn’t that uncomfortable any longer, it’s time to re-evaluate and bring it up a notch.
That’s how you reach your goal. Start small and never give up.
Now go run!