What a great experience. The weather was terrible and I had to go early to beat the traffic so I ended up dragging myself out of bed at 6am on a cold, rainy morning of a holiday weekend to go swimming outdoors.
Amazingly, I was really excited and had no problem getting up and out the house.
Which made me think.
With the weather as bad as it was, I wouldn't have gone cycling and probably wouldn't have got up for a run. I also wouldn't have gone for a swim if it had been in my regular indoor pool. But by looking for a new dimension to my training it was easy to make sure I kept my schedule in place.
So if ever you're finding it hard to motivate yourself, give a little thought to how you can approach your exercise routine from a slightly different angle. It may be that you don't need to do much that's different, but just a little bit of something new could make the difference between sticking with the programme or letting things slide.
Some ideas of how you can shake things up:
- Run, bike, row, ride a little further or faster
- Choose some new routes
- Vary the intensity of your workouts
- Change the order of your exercise routine
- Join a club or team
- Change the music of your workout
- Exercise with a friend
- Buy some new kit or technology
- Set yourself some specific targets