Everybody wants to add some sort of excitement to their daily life. Oftentimes, it is too easy for us to get caught up in the rigor of day to day things. The worst part about this is that we can get bored. There are some consequences of getting bored. First of all, we end up not challenging ourselves. We also get dull and unskilled. Finally, we begin to become unmotivated and forget why we wanted to do something in the first place.
When it comes to training, I definitely get bored from time to time. It seems as if I’m always doing the same kinds of exercises with the same number of reps. This can be particularly frustrating and discouraging if you have nothing to keep pushing you forward. It’s also hard to stay motivated when you can’t see results. These results can be difficult to see if you are monitoring them everyday. Sometimes, you may make small gains, but after a while, these gains may seem a little bit trivial to you. However, take heart, because these seemingly trivial gains can add up, resulting in major progress.
In order to stay motivated in a long term training regimen, it is of monumental importance to mix things up. It’s almost impossible for anybody to try to make things happen by doing the same thing over and over (kudos to you if you have that kind of mettle, though). Anyway, I decided a while ago that I would make sure that I stayed engaged and motivated during my training. It was difficult to do, but I figured out several ways to do so.
One of the things that I did was go on a little training adventure. I took the day off of work and drove to my nearest state park to go hiking. While I was hiking, I would stop by the side of the trail and do pushups or sit ups. I even did some pull ups on a branch that I found (don’t worry, it could support my weight).
A little farther up on the trail, I saw some brush and some fallen trees in the trail. This was possibly due to a recent storm that had happened in our region. However, the state park committee was on top of their stuff. They hired a tree trimming Grand Rapids service to come out and take care of the problem.
Staying motivated is important when training. I went on an adventure. Find out what motivates you!