I’ve often heard trainers and fitness professional talk about “mixing it up” to avoid you body getting used to a routine.  The idea is that, by staying in the same pattern, over time, the exercise you do becomes less beneficial.   I tend to take them at their word on this but, for me the motivation to change things up is more simple — I get bored doing the same thing.

There is something to be said for those who are well-regimented.  If you know that on day X I will be doing thing Y,  and you stick to it, I give you kudos.  That’s focus that a lot of us need.  But, if you’re like me and need a little change of pace to keep you motivated, you might want to add a few more weapons to the arsenal.

For example, yesterday I came home from work with the intent of running but, I thought about the treadmill and said “Ugghh, I just can’t today.”  So, I decided to do a yoga routine that I had never done before (shout out to Daily Burn).  I got a great workout (trust me, yoga can be a butt-kicker) and my mind was engaged in a different way than it would have been while running.

So, if you find yourself in a rut — mix it up.  You may find that exercise doesn’t feel like another chore but, instead, like a chance to expand your horizons.