How to Revitalize Your Workout
"I Lost My Motivation" —Kristine, 27, graphic designer continued...
Trainer Johanna's Tips: Shorten Your Workouts
Do a resistance-training circuit if you're limited on time. Kristine did
exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time, such as push-ups and
squats, so that she would be done in 30 minutes. Doing the exercises
consecutively, without taking a break, burns calories, builds strength, and
keeps things interesting all at once.
Add 20 to 25 minutes of cardio after the circuit sessions. This burns
more calories and builds endurance, so Kristine will be back to sprinting up
the steps in a couple of months. Adding this workout to the circuit saves time
you only need to get to the gym, change, and shower once for two different
types of workouts.
"I'm Totally Bored by the Gym" —Brett, 31, craft designer
Before: 0 to 2 workouts per week
"In the past three months, I've gone from six workouts a week to two (or
some weeks, none). I'm bored by the gym, and I'm losing the high level of
fitness I worked so hard to build over the past two years."
Her "Aha" Moments
The first week sucks. "In the beginning, I had no energy or desire
to do the workouts, and was bored stiff at the idea of long cardio sessions.
Plus, every workout was hard, and I was sore every day. But I committed to
sticking to it for a couple of weeks; after that, I was home free. You've got
to hang in there until the magic kicks in. Then you feel great and don't think
about it anymore."
I literally ran my errands. "I had a tight deadline on a project
and needed to go to the button store. I wanted to work out — but knew doing
both would eat up my afternoon. The old me would've skipped the workout, but I
had a brainstorm and decided to run to the store and back (two miles each way).
I'd normally never even attempt a four-mile run, but this felt easy: I think
that having a destination made this less boring than trying to run a certain
distance. And it was way more interesting than the treadmill. I definitely need
some diversion to keep me doing cardio, so after that, I added Spinning class
and some interval workouts."
Your mind affects your workout. "I took a class by Patricia
Moreno, and it was insane: She constantly tells you to fill your mind with
positive thoughts — it prevents you from thinking the negative ones ("This
hurts/I can't do it") that make you want to stop. It's like a Jedi mind
trick, because I pushed myself harder than I ever knew I could — afterward, I
was exhausted and weak but was so pumped up, even the entire next day."