The moment you choose to have a child is momentous, not only will you be responsible for a real life tiny human but your life and existence will never be the same.
Sometimes no matter how prepared you think you are, it doesn’t quite go the way it should.
So here is some information for the Dads out there who may be sad. Please, I beg you don’t feel alone, 1 in 10 fathers get diagnosed with Post Natal Depression, but they are only the ones that are diagnosed.
Like anything if you don’t love it, you’re not going to want to do it, the same applies to exercise. When that happens we end up in an exercise rut.
An exercise rut often happens when you workout all the time but you’re bored. The love just isn’t there and it’s a real struggle each day to get out of bed and head to the gym. What’s even worse is that you may not be seeing the results anymore.
A rut means your workout has become easy or boring for you and no longer challenges your body. In order to see weight loss, improve muscle tone, or increase your cardiovascular endurance, you need to change things up a bit.
So here are my favourite tips to help you get out of a rut:
If you are a cardio junkie, try adding some weights to your program.
Change the intensity in which you train, try a heavier weight or add some sprints into your jog (I want you to pick up that pace!)
Get out of your comfort zone, try something new. Even if you love what you do, it doesn’t mean there isn’t another form of exercise out there for you as well.
Reassess your goal, are they the same as they were when you started the program? If they are then you might need to reassess. Write down your new goals and then create a new program to work towards achieving the new goals.
Buy new workout clothes. Trust me it works, we all feel better when we buy something new, and you looking smokin’ in your new clothes may just be what you need to bring the spark back into your workouts.
Create a new playlist, music can play a big part to the way people exercise. It can keep the beat when you’re running, but if you’re tired and bored of your old music then it could be reflecting on your workouts, you need to enjoy your training sessions.
Find a fitness buddy, someone who will keep you motivated and not just talk to you while you both go for a leisurely stroll in the sun. You need someone who has similar goals to yourself and has high commitment levels.
Exercise outside. We are now in summer, so the sun is out making it more enjoyable to be outdoors, so if you usually exercise inside change it up and step outside.
Have a rest day. As important as it is to exercise you also need to rest. The reason you may be in a rut is because you are working out too much. Have one rest day a week to let your body recover
Of course, make sure you speak to your doctor before starting any new health regime.
It is certainly worth a read. Have you given up fighting just because it’s not worth it any more? Do you feel like you aren’t being heard? Sometimes the signs are there and you just need to be reminded of them.
Of course, it isn’t too late, but this article might help you realise there is a problem.