Mindful Monday: Move my exercise routine outdoors

You know what? I’m proud of myself.

I’ve been working out regularly since January. Not every day. Not even always 3-4 times a week. But there has not been a single week in the past four months that I haven’t made it to the gym at least once in a week, even when I’ve been traveling or really busy. And overall, I’ve averaged about 2-3 workouts per week.

I’m not burning up the gym. I’m not shredding down or bulking up. I’m not showing up for Zumba classes 5 days a week. But I’m showing up. And considering that exercise is something I’ve had a very hard time sticking to in the past, that simple, “good-enough” consistency feels like something to celebrate.

There’s just one problem: I’m getting bored. I’ve been doing the same basic workout for months, and now that the weather is getting nice, it’s pretty much torturous to lock myself away in the gym in front of a wall of TV’s several times a week. I also wouldn’t mind saving money by dropping the Y membership over the next 4 months or so, as I doubt any of us are going to want to use it much.

But I’m nervous about trying to switch up my routine too much. For some reason, it feels like more work to lace up my shoes and run out my front door than it does to pack a bag and drive five miles to the YMCA. Probably because the YMCA trip is now a firmly-entrenched habit, whereas running in my neighborhood is still a novelty.

So this week, my Mindful Monday intention is to start the process of tricking my brain into getting used to outdoor workouts. It’s going to require structure and discipline and re-working my daily and weekly routines. It’s also going to require me digging my bike helmet out of goodness-knows-where in the garage. But I think I’m ready to get started – before the weather gets any hotter!

Could your workout routine use a makeover? Or do you have another Mindful Monday intention this week?

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