Persistence with Intelligence - I'm Not Happy
For most of my adult life I have been a gymnast. The time spent practicing kept me fit and it never felt like work!
Fitness should be adding to our lives, not taking away from them. There are soooo many fitness modalities out there that it really doesn't make sense to do one that you simply don't enjoy. That said, there can be a case made for doing something that gets you in and out the quickest and to your goal, such as a targeted full body strength program. However, once you have the basics taken care of and you have a dose of strength training in your week as well as some cardio, feel free to explore sports, classes or outdoor activities you enjoy for the remainer of your exercise for the week.
Research shows that you will stick with what you enjoy most.1 And it really shouldn't take research to figure that out, should it? Treat yourself to movement you enjoy or movement you've always been curious about, such as an adult beginner ballet class or going on a hike with friends. It doesn't all have to have the Rocky theme song in the background. Movement that is pleasurable or new is where it's at to ensure sustainability. And that's one reason why I refresh my client's programs every so often!
If you have been feeling stale and bored with your fitness regime, rather than beating yourself up because you haven't been doing what you hoped for workouts, consider mixing it up. I often have clients who decide that they want to branch out and try other fitness modalities and even put our training on hold. That's no problem. I understand it's a big world out there, and I am here for when you need me! Make sure you take care of you and do what your heart is calling for.
1 Make Fitness Fun: Could Novelty Be the Key Determinant for Physical Activity Adherence? Nemanja Lakicevic, A. Gentile, S. Mehrabi, S. Casser et al. Front Psychol. 2020; 11: 577522. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.577522