Routine Analysis

How do you avoid the dreaded “workout slump” but still get to the gym regularly? Julia Collins, owner of Ypsi Studio, offers some tips for finding balance between the necessary and the mundane.

People say to me all the time, “If I work out every single day I’ll get bored.” I usually have two thoughts in reply. One, is that you brush your teeth and shower every day as well. Those things aren’t optional, they’re necessary self-care, and it’s often helpful to think about exercise in the same way. Do it because it’s great for your health, your body and your mind. Secondly, I remind people that if you do the same thing every workout — running, lifting weights, indoor cycling — you WILL get bored. Monotony is not the same as routine.

Routine means you’ve carved out regular time and space in your life for exercise. But that doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing over and over. Remember to keep an open mind about taking new classes and exploring new types of exercise. That will help you avoid fitness ruts. Keep in mind that even working in your garden for a period can be exercise, if your heart rate is up and you break a sweat.

You don’t have to love the exercise that your best friend loves, either. Find what works for you, and keep doing it. That’s when routine really works.