Switching Up Training

It was National Fitness Day 2017 yesterday and I can’t think of a better time to share with you all why I have changed my training recently, what I’ve been doing and what results I’m expecting!

Training should not feel like a chore (because no-one likes doing chores) and it’s impossible to adhere to a programme if you don’t enjoy it.

In the last few months, I have found myself struggling to motivate myself to train without a specific goal to work towards. I’d spoken about this previously  I began skipping my workouts or working out out purely because I felt like I had to burn off calories, rather than doing because I truly love it. This is the mindset I have been battling (and winning the battle) with over the last few years so I knew I had to do something to find my love for exercise again.

What I did to switch up my workouts? 

As a runner, its strange to admit that I have actually been doing very minimal cardio. Other than the odd 5k at the weekend, I’ve only been running to and from the gym – which is only 0.8 miles each way! I haven’t even been to a spin class recently! Instead, I’ve been focusing a lot on strength training. I’ve been doing conditioning and strength classes in the morning before work. These include compound movements such as squats and deadlifts, as well as plyometrics (jump training) and I’m working my entire body.

What results am I expecting from this shift in my style of training?

I think (hope) that I will go into next years running season feeling strong. With a bit of a rest from longer distances and a focus on building muscle, I hope that my legs will be refreshed (as well as bigger and stronger) and I’ll be at a good starting point to prevent any injuries when I start loading back on the miles!

Have any of you ever gotten fed up with your training? What did you do to combat this?

I hope you all have a lovely Thursday!

L x

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