It’s important to make little goals during each part of your workout to keep yourself honest in your accomplishments and focused on fitness improvement. Often, we 80-percenter athletes find ourselves sticking to a daily workout routine or training plan. While this is a great first step to our health and fitness goals (and a very tall forst step, i might add) we still need to challenge ourselves to not just go through the motions. Give yourself a pat on the back for making a habit out of working out three, four, or twelve times a week. Yes, I just read about an Olympic distance runner who used to do 12-workouts in a week. She is the definition of a 100-percenter! We aren’t interested in that sort of commitment (who want’s to run-eat-sleep-repeat for 4-years, honestly), so we stick to our lunch time cardio, or after work weight routine. The important thing is we’ve established a healthy habit, but we risk allowing it to become mundane, routine, and bland.
When our gym or workout experience looses it’s enjoyment, it’s luster, we lull into a directionless state of unenthused perspiration. Following a 12-hour work day, or a night of drinking with friends, it’s easy to show up to the gym with the best intentions, and go through the motions of your workout. You may be at the gym in body, but your spirit never made it past your first coffee break.
Time like these are when it is advantageous to incorporate mini-goals and challenges into your workouts. This is particularly easy on cardio equipment which provide displays for seemingly irrelevant workout stats. Time, Distance, and Calories are a few of the parameters that we tend to use to define our workout. Here’s a way to trick your mind and challenge yourself to push your workout to a new level.
Say you’re planning a 30-minute stair stepper workout. You’re approaching the 30-minute mark and you’re mind is already showered and got dinner in the microwave. Wait a second, I’ve climbed 194 flights of stairs, ohh but I’ve never hit 200 before. Ah, Push It. Oh look, I’ve run 4.84 miles, let’s extend the workout and finish on an even 5-miles. Produced 378 Watts on this spin cycle, I don’t even know what a Watt is, but let’s extend this workout till i hit 400 Watts. These little numbers games are ways to add some life to an otherwise mindless workout. And by pushing yourself to 200-flights of stairs, maybe next time you’ll aim for 210 or 215 in the same time frame. Give it a shot, what do you have to loose?!