It’s easy to just get sick of exercise if you keep doing the same thing over and over and over. That’s why the number 1 advice from fitness pros is to change up your routine.
However, it’s also easy to lose motivation if you keep jumping from one thing to another. After all, there is a reason why variety is called ‘the spice of life’.
‘Spice’ is the operative word, as in NOT the main dish.
For the same reason we can’t live off spices, we also can’t sustain any meaningful level of motivation on variety alone. Randomness is exhausting to the mind. Our brain and body thrive on growth, discipline, and improvement, NOT on softcore entertainment.
I like to make organic progress and to effortlessly maintain the longevity of my fitness habit. Therefore I tend to avoid jumping through a huge variety of random workouts. Instead, I discipline my mind, figure out my goals, break them into milestones and create dedicated programmes to achieve them, focusing on consistency, progression and celebrating small wins from one level to the next.
Variety workouts (kettlebell juggling, anyone?) definitely do add spice, and they can be great fun.
But, it is the structured path of small victories on the journey towards a worthy goal, that sustains intrinsic motivation and brings JOY in fitness and in life.
How do YOU keep your motivation high when the going is tough?