How to Revitalize Your Workout
"I'm Totally Bored by the Gym" —Brett, 31, craft designer continued...
After: 5 workouts per week
"Once I stopped making excuses and whining about working out" — a
Moreno no-no — "I was able to be focused and diligent."
Trainer Johanna's Tips: Keep It Interesting
Long cardio workouts (Brett needed 45- to 60-minute sessions, since she
does triathlons in the summer) shouldn't be boring. Brett did some interval
workouts (systematically playing with speed and elevation) to improve running
speed and endurance and make her workout time fly. Intervals also give each
workout a purpose, which boosts motivation.
To increase muscular endurance for longer, stronger workouts, Brett did
eight to 10 weight-training moves with very little rest in between.
"I Don't Have Time" —Larissa, 35, planner for a cosmetics company
Before: 0 workouts per week
"I start and stop exercise programs all the time — I have a demanding
job, and I'm a mother of two. I have little room for sleep, much less
Her "Aha" Moments
Three days a week is unrealistic. "In the beginning, my goal was to get
to the gym three days a week, but I was just too busy. I commute three hours a
day, so I have to go really early in the morning or come home really late, and
I feel like my kids need me to be home with them. I fell short of my
expectations and disappointed myself. So I took that goal back and committed to
the gym twice a week. And, what do you know, every week after that, I achieved
or even exceeded that goal, which was really motivating."
Working out at home is still a workout. "My cable company has
free workouts on demand — everything from 10-minute ab routines to 60-minute
cardio sessions. Exercising at home is so much easier. I'm totally
discombobulated at the gym: The first day, I forgot a lock, so I was walking
around with my purse, my workout program, and a bottle of water. I forgot a
towel and was grossing myself out about other people's sweat on the
My kids can wait (at least for a little bit). "One day, my son
wanted me to play a game with him. I said, 'OK, but I have to do this first,'
and did a workout-on-demand. He lay down on the rug and waited for me to
finish. Now I know I can really fit this in."
Activity adds up. "On the weekends, I logged more than 4000 steps
on my pedometer — that's as many as I get when I go to the gym, and twice as
many as I get on weekdays. I go up and down the stairs, do laundry, play with
the kids, walk the dog. This showed me that if I can be more active during the
workweek, it will really help me with weight loss and fitness."
After: 2 to 3 days in the gym; more activity during the day
"I'd forgotten how good it feels to move my body. Now I crave it. I weighed
myself after three weeks and had lost four pounds."
Trainer Johanna's Tips: Do Anything More Than You Did Before
If getting to the gym is an unrealistic goal for you, add more activity
into your day (it won't get you to the Olympics, but it will make you
healthier and possibly even slimmer). Get a pedometer like Larissa did so that
you can see if you're over- or underestimating your distance.