Better and fitter

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Better and fitter
How many times have you started a fitness routine with great enthusiasm only to find yourself bored out of your mind a few short weeks later? You may be surprised to hear that this happens much more often than you think: many people give up their fitness routine altogether out of boredom and are unable to persist in their endeavours to get better and fitter bodies. Even super-fit athletes, from time to time, experience these crises when they just don’t feel like doing anything let alone exert their bodies.

There are three ways you can tackle this. The simplest way is to take a break when you are feeling a bit bored. The logic being that you just give yourself a little break till you get over the ‘laziness’ and then get back to your routine with a vengeance. The pitfall of this approach is getting back on to the routine can be difficult. And if you are getting easily bored, you may end up spending a longer period of time taking a ‘break’ than actually working out.

The second approach is to change your routine temporarily. This way you will not interrupt the activity — the pitfall here is that you may end up jumping from one routine to another without giving any of them a proper try.

The third approach is the most difficult as it requires tremendous willpower. When you experience this bout of ‘laziness’, put your blinders on, keep your eyes on the goal and no matter how much you don’t feel like doing it, just get on with it and go through your routine regardless. This approach is what most athletes practice. No matter what or how they feel, they keep on pushing themselves. Put up photos of the way you would like to look like all around you to help you motivate yourself. Just be prepared to feel a bit miserable during the exercising process! Having said that, the feeling of achievement once you have gone through this difficult phase makes up for it.

The choice is yours and it will depend on your personality, your track record, and your ultimate goal, or maybe you may come up with another completely different solution for yourself.

The first step finding your own path is to analyse the reasons for this ‘crisis’. Could it be that you feel you are not getting the results you desired? When you ‘plateau out’, it becomes very easy to give up on your goal. You could also analyse if your technique has been as good as it should have been. Once you find reasons why you feel the way you do, a solution may present itself. But remember, persistence is the key to achieving anything you want. Just remember that giving up is not an option and that this phase will also pass. zz

(The author is a wellness expert and runs a fitness centre in New Delhi)

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