After weeks of consistent exercise, your winter workout routine can grow old. Between work, school, your personal life and making headway through exercise at home or at the gym, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a winter workout slump. Tacking on a workout at the end of an already long day can lead you to extreme exhaustion. Instead of giving up completely, there are certain things you can do to fight off exhaustion. Follow some of these tips to keep yourself on track to reach your fitness goals.
Opt for a Walking Workout
Sometimes, at the end of the day, going to the gym is just one more thing on your to-do list. You’re less likely to have a good workout when you go into a workout feeling like it’s just a chore that needs to get done. If you’ve been feeling like this a lot lately, consider scaling back your cardio workouts and take walks instead. Studies say that you’re much less likely to exercise when you know that it isn’t going to be difficult or strenuous going into it. While walks can be strenuous if you make them so, they’re typically a nice and easy physical outlet. It’s definitely easier to get yourself off the sofa to take a walk around the neighborhood than it is to get over to the gym for a 40-minute date with the treadmill. Walks may not burn the calories you’re used to, but when you’ve hit a slump they’re a great way to keep you on track.
Take a Week Off
We all burn out at some point. Truly, hitting a slump and feeling exhausted might be your body’s way of telling you that you need to scale things back a bit. There is nothing wrong with taking a short period of time off. You’re not going to undo all of the good work and progress you’ve made up until this point by taking a break. Exercise can wear us out physically and mentally. Trying to keep motivation up to make it to the gym every day is mentally exhausting! Take a week to unwind and relax. Come home and read a good book or watch your favorite movie. Make a date with a friend to go and do something that requires little physical activity, like window shopping or chatting at a coffee house. Running on empty is only going to wear you down even more.
Try Something New
Exhaustion can stem from boredom. Consider switching up your routine. If you primarily do a lot of cardiovascular exercising, consider doing weights a couple of days instead. If you take the same kickboxing class every week, consider trying something completely different like Yoga or Zumba. Keep your workout interesting and you’ll be less likely to hit a slump.
Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up over feeling exhausted and in a workout slump. We’ve all been there. Figure out what you need to do to remedy the feeling. Everybody is different. Take a break, take it easy and scale back or switch up your routine. You’ll be operating at 100 percent again before you know it.