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Is monotony dulling your exercise motivation?

Let’s face it even the most exciting things in life can become dull and lifeless if you do them in the same way day in day out.

Yet isn’t creating good healthy habits and having the determination and discipline to keep doing them meant to be good for us?

Well, I believe that repeating good habits is a good thing, and far better to repeat good ones than repeat bad. However; it becomes extremely monotonous when we do the same things in the same way, in the same environment all the time. I actually believe that this is one of the main reasons why we end up being drawn towards the habits which are bad for us!!

It’s a common consequence when we under challenging ourselves and don’t keep our interests peaked enough.

Let’s look at all the main key areas of life where we naturally tend to follow habits and routines:

Health & Wellbeing

Relationship

Parenting

Career/Work

Social

Hobbies

You could add more, but I would these are the main key ones!

Things can get pretty dull in all these areas if we are not prepared to shake things up now and again and keep things interesting and alive.

“So what can we do?”

I’m going to share with you a personal experience that I had last year and tell you about what I did… Just before I went away on a trip to the united states with my kids last August, I was feeling a little out of shape. I had become really unmotivated with my usual fitness regime. I was still working out and was still active but not getting the results I wanted.

I had fallen into a trap of drinking a bit more red wine on an evening, eating bigger food portions and was bored of how I was doing things.

My partner who I love and adore was really thriving in this area. At the time he worked in the fitness industry and worked from home, I was seeing him following healthy habits and examples, that I was wanting to follow, but seemed to be struggling to achieve.

You’d think this might be a good motivator for me to get my act together set some new personal health goals, but for some reason I just felt deflated and p****d off!

The truth was I wasn’t really enjoying exercising anymore and my usual routine at the gym seemed boring.

At this time my partner was really into his fitness, and was doing lots of weight training, which seemed to involve making lots of loud grunting noises while he was working out.

From a female perspective I wasn’t really feeling fired up and although I liked to do some strength training, with light weights, the heavy weight training didn’t appeal to me.

I finally swallowed my pride and asked him if he would write me a programme of exercises. I told him what I did and did not want to achieve and he put a really good one together for me and ran through it all with me. As well as taking his advice on fitness I also took the oppertunity to brush up on my nutritional knowledge. I did a full holistic therapy diploma back in 2000 which covered Nutrition, I decided to refresh my diploma and began studying.

I also downloaded some great recipe ideas on my iPad, which is great when your away from home. Since my kids are at the ages where they like to sleep in more now, I was getting up super early and managing to get into a habit of fitting some exercise in early.

Some weekends, I would opt for a bike ride, and the kids would join in too and really loved it.

I basically spiced things up a bit and by using the practices described below, I also made a motivational vision collage, and my son decided to do one too.

I thought this was a great way to get the boys interested in healthy living, which has got to be better that sitting on a computer game for hours!

I found I was able to turn these ideas and transfer them towards other areas of my life too, it was like a switch had been flipped and it seemed to light up other areas of my life and give everything and new fresh feel.

Here are my journal tips:

#1 Change your environment

Visit new places, travel if you can, move about a bit- I don’t just mean on expensive holidays…

If you are regularly stuck in one place make an effort to get out and experiment doing the things you do in different places!!

Drive on different routes, go to different parks with the kids, walk the dog on a different route, make love in a different room, eat at a different place… Etc…

They say that a change is as good as a rest and motion creates emotion… So move yourself and renew your spirt by changing your environment.

#2 Change the way you do it

Do things differently, there’s more than one way to do something so try doing things a different way. Try a new exercise routine, a new way of getting your messages across to people, a new parenting approach, a new way of cooking… Etc.. They say if you do what you have always done you’ll get what you’ve always got…

So do something different.

#3 Use role models, mentors and people who you admire to inspire you.

Notice who moves you, inspires you, makes you think and who gets your attention! – If you like what they do try it out for yourself, eventually you’ll find a way to personalise it in a way that’s right for you.

#4 Have some new goals in mind

Once you know which areas of life need more life and energy in them; set some goals and pick some key words for each to remind you of what you’re aiming for.

#5 Stay motivated

Use music, motivation quotes, Fragrence like scented candles, perfume, car freshener, fresh coffee, fresh baked bread… Smells that lift your spirit and fill your senses with positive reminders of your goal!!

#Visualise

Make vision boards, collages, and visualise how it will look when you are achieving your goals.

# Take Action and Play the part

Finally don’t make excuses take action so that you can see, hear and feel your results.

… But don’t forget, if your motivation becomes stagnant again it might be time to shake things up again!!!

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