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3 Ways to Beat Workout Boredom

Strength training is incredibly important to your longevity and healthy aging. However, the routine of working on the same functional movement patterns needs to be mixed up with a fun environment, new methods, and the right workout plan for your level in order to experience all the benefits.

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Key Takeaways

If You Want to Beat Workout Boredom:

    1. Stop trying to make up your workouts completely by yourself
    2. Focus on your mind-muscle connection 
    3. Make your workout environment fun

Switch It Up, But Not Too Much

We want the same from our workouts in our modern world of being constantly entertained by our phones. Some people quench this need for entertainment by ‘training for the unknown’ and making things too complex. But this really works to our disadvantage, as muscle confusion can actually stress us out more, especially if you are trying to get the most out of your workout in a short amount of time. 

While it is important to switch up the ways in which you move through the five basic functional movement patterns to keep from getting bored, you need to be consistent and keep doing it to get all of the benefits.

What To Do If You’re Bored

If you notice that your mind is drifting off during the last few sets of your workout, you are probably not lifting heavy enough. The challenge, and the mind-muscle connection, are key players when it comes to keeping yourself engaged in your workout. This is why it is so important to find a program that keeps you engaged and challenged while being appropriate for your ability level and goals. 

Finding a program that helps you focus on the challenge, working out in a fun environment, and remembering the mind-muscle connection, are just a few of the ways that you can continue to get the most out of your workouts while still enjoying them.

Have you ever struggled with workout boredom? Share your thoughts, experiences, and solutions with me in the comments below.

In This Episode

  • How to avoid getting bored when you are focusing on the same functional movement patterns all the time (6:51)
  • Addressing the misinformation out there about longevity and healthy aging (9:30)
  • The role of social media and culture when wanting to be entertained by our workouts (12:33)
  • Why people think lifting is boring or experience that lifting is not entertaining (15:24)
  • Tips for creating a consistent and enjoyable strength training routine (23:45)

Quotes

“Your lifting journey will probably have ebbs and flows, and will change over time.”  (5:52)

“I think there comes a point where even if lifting weights or resistance training isn’t your jam, it is very important to start thinking about it.” (10:58)

“I think if you are not appropriately challenging yourself when it comes to lifting weights, it’s easy to feel like it is boring.” (19:40)

“If you’re finding your workouts boring because you don’t know how to program a workout that is going to be effective enough, or on the flip side, you are dying in every workout and you think you have to smash yourself and be the sorest ever or it’s not going to give you results, which is not true, invest in a program.” (25:11)

“Lifting, it’s okay if it’s boring. But it serves a purpose. It is very important for your health and wellbeing. It is something that you can embrace the routine of, make sure that you are really loading your workouts appropriately, and giving yourself a challenge.” (33:10)

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3 Ways to Beat Workout Boredom

Steph Gaudreau
The Listen To Your Body podcast is all about helping women who lift weights get stronger, fuel themselves without counting every bite of food, perform better in and out of the gym, and take up space. I’m a strength coach, nutritional therapy practitioner, and certified intuitive eating counselor, Steph Gaudreau. This weekly show brings you a discussion about building strength, without obsessing about food and exercise, lifting weights, food, psychology, and more. You’ll learn how to eat, train, recover, listen to your body, and step into your strength. Hit subscribe on your favorite podcast app. And let’s dive in.

Steph Gaudreau
At the beginning of the month in January, as always, there is a lot of talk about fitness and exercise and joining a gym. And this year is no different. I ran across an article, it was an opinion piece in The New York Times titled Exercising To Slim Down, Try Getting Bigger. And while I don’t quite love the title of the article, and the opinion piece, I think there was a lot of validity. And it echoed a lot of the sentiment that I’ve been sharing on this podcast and that people like me share all across social media. It was all about strength training, and really instead of exercising to shrink yourself, seeing what else exercise brings to your life, in particular strength training. Now we know that the benefits are not just physical. Of course, there are so many incredible benefits to exercise specifically strength training. I was scrolling through the comments because I like to do that to myself. And there were some interesting ones. There were, of course, a lot of positive comments, other women who could relate to the author’s experience. And we’re strong proponents of lifting weights and getting stronger not just from a physical perspective and building our muscle and bone as we age, but the mental and emotional benefits. Predictably, there were some guys who decided they wanted to talk about their firsthand experience as a woman lifting weights. Always interesting. But then there was sort of a third subset of comments. And it amounted to lifting weights is boring. And I just thought that was so interesting. And I wanted to talk about it here on the podcast, because it’s something I’ve run into before, not just in this particular article, but the idea that strength training is boring, and it just doesn’t excite me like other forms of exercise. So in this episode, today, I’m going to be exploring some of the reasons why I think people find certain forms of exercise, especially strength training, boring. So if that applies to you, then this show is definitely for you. And I also want to share some tips on ways to make it more interesting. So that you keep doing it month after month, year after year, and get all the benefits.

Steph Gaudreau
Hello, and welcome back to the podcast today is gonna be a little bit reminiscent of the old fierce love Friday’s style of the podcast, maybe a little bit ranty, sharing my thoughts and opinions on things and giving you some tips. But I really wanted to tackle this idea that lifting or strength training is boring, and therefore it’s not worth doing. Before we dive in, make sure you hit the subscribe button on your podcast app that sends a signal to your app that you’re liking this content, this podcast, and other people might like it as well. And I talked about this on the last podcast. But if you haven’t heard that one yet, there is a brand new website that we launched at the very end of 2021. If you haven’t gone over to check it out yet, I would love for you to do that. poke around, see what’s there. And I’m just really proud of it. And I hope that it is of greater service to you as you’re looking to get stronger. You want to understand how to fuel yourself better, you’re looking for resources, and so on and so forth. And of course, if you’re interested in group strength, nutrition coaching, you can join the waitlist for strength nutrition unlocked, or hop over to the page and see when it’s live. It goes live at different times of the year. This is really for women who are lifting weights so that they can feel better, get stronger build muscle, have more energy, and perform better in and out of the gym. It’s group coaching supportive, and it’s amazing. So you can go find that out at StephGaudreau.com/link.

Steph Gaudreau
Okay, so let’s tackle this topic that lifting weights is boring. You know, it’s really interesting because I’ve been strength training now since 2010. So we’re going on, we’re getting up to about 12 years. And my training has looked different in that time. 12 years is a long time. My goals have shifted, I’ve looked at different disciplines, I’ve focused on different disciplines of lifting and strength training. I’ve done CrossFit and I’ve dabbled in powerlifting, and I’ve competed in Olympic weightlifting. And I’ve lifted kettlebells on my porch. And that’s how I created made strong. And now I’m back to barbell lifting. So I guess I want to start off by saying that your lifting journey will probably have ebbs and flows and will change over time. But how do you find the consistency and the sort of structure to do strength training for a long period of time, that’s what I want to talk about today. And I’m pretty famous for talking about the, you know, five main functional movement patterns, and really basing my programs off of that stuff. Of course, depending on who you talk to, sometimes people talk about seven or eight functional movement patterns. But I’m talking about let’s simplify it down, squat, hinge, push, pull and carry. Some people will also weave in their lunge, and then twist or rotate, and all sorts of other things as well. But suffice to say, if I look at my training 12 years ago, it looks very similar in terms of focusing mostly on these functional movement patterns and weaving in things like isolation and mobility. And that’s really the foundation. And so you might think we’ll stop, how do you keep from getting bored when you’re doing the same things all the time? And the answer is really looking at different variations, different progression, different blocks that are scheduled out that have a different focus.

Steph Gaudreau
So maybe you’re doing a general physical preparedness block in your training, maybe you’re looking at hypertrophy, which is muscle building, maybe you’re looking at strength, or power, or speed, there are all sorts of different things that you can focus on in a particular training block. You might, you know, even D loads, which I hope you are, but you know, you’re not going balls to the wall all the time, you can do other things to include progression, things like tempo and focusing on different varieties, unilateral movements, of course, bilateral movements, there’s so much that you can do to change it up. And that’s really where the value of working with a program is. And we’ll talk about that in a little bit. But really, this is how you get stronger over time. It’s something that takes time, it’s something that you’re going to have to dedicate a consistent amount of effort to, but that doesn’t mean every single day, and look at the big picture as well as looking for ways to build consistency in whatever that container looks like. So the thing that I find very interesting about lifting being boring. And this is where I caveat and say, You know what, you do you if you’re listening to this, and by some happenstance, you’ve found this podcast, and you think lifting weights is stupid, or risky, or you know, it’s never something you’re gonna do, I just, you know, I have to say, like, you have to do what you like. But also, I think that there are a couple of things that come into play here that perpetuate the idea of their belief that lifting weights is boring, and thus it has no value. And of course, we need to think about as well as we’re aging, because we’re all aging all the time, but especially once we hit 30 I don’t know many 30-year-olds that are starting to think about longevity or independent living are those sorts of things healthy aging.

Steph Gaudreau
And of course, I find that that market, there’s so much just like diet culture, there’s so much that’s really over the top and so many false claims and all sorts of things when it comes to longevity and healthy aging. But we know there is so much research that backs up the idea that as we hit 30 are starting to lose muscle mass and bone density. And, of course, if you’re a woman or you’re somebody who was menstruating and you go through that loss of menstruation and you’re in menopause, now you’re getting even less estrogen and protective effects of estrogen. And so we just know that we have to, we have to preserve our muscle mass as much as we can work on things like balance, stability, coordination, really building our strength, looking at our speed of movement, so being able to move quickly, because we’re thinking about, you know, things like catching ourselves if we happen to fall or stumble. And again, I don’t think most 30-year-olds are thinking about that. But once you’re 40, right, you know you’re in another decade, and loss of muscle loss of bone has potentially started to already accumulate, because if you’re not doing something about it in your 30s, now it’s time to think about it. Suffice to say all of that, we have so much evidence that backs all that up. And so I think there comes a point where even if lifting weights or resistance training isn’t like your jam, it’s very important to start thinking about it. And there are other disciplines of movement that can help you with the things like balance coordination and strength, but they’re not all strength training. And they’re not all going to give you the appropriate load on muscle and bone to cause the kind of changes physiologically that is going to be the most beneficial.

Steph Gaudreau
So that’s a big preamble. But I think all of that’s really necessary to say that, sometimes I think we have to move past the idea that it’s just doesn’t sound fun. And try it. And I know that there can be tons of barriers to getting to that point. So I want to acknowledge those in terms of resources in terms of feeling comfortable in walking into a gym environment or working with a trainer or the financial resources. So I’m not saying that that’s all easy. But I think sometimes we have to move past the point of thinking, well, it just doesn’t sound interesting or fun, or it seems boring. And thus, it’s not something that I should try, or it’s not something that’s going to have a benefit and a value to my body, my mental health, and so on and so forth. And so here’s this slightly spicy part of the podcast where I tell you that I think we are in this age of being entertained, and having entertainment at our fingertips. We want to be, I think, entertained by our workouts. I think that’s just a fact, as a result of culture. Where we’re on Instagram, for example, on Instagram, a lot of educational content is used to get a lot of use. And as things have gotten more toward video, now we’re asking content creators to educate in seven seconds or less. It’s a thing, it’s really challenging. And at the same time, obviously, video is so King on Instagram and on Tik Tok and other social platforms. And we’re requiring people to get their message across in literally single-digit seconds. And I think that that’s really led to a rise in entertainment. And I will admit very, very open to sometimes making reels on Instagram that are just for fun, because that’s what gets views. And that’s what people see. And I kind of hate that that is the case. But I also like to have fun.

Steph Gaudreau
But I’m also there on Instagram to be an educator and to talk about science-backed information and spread quality information. Instead of the ridiculous things that I see. Especially on Tik Tok. I saw a woman talking about if you want to shrink your thighs, you should just lean backward when you walk. I mean, there’s so much. There’s so much crap out there. And so I think you know, we want to be entertained. We have entertainment on demand, we used to have to wait now I’m kind of maybe aging myself a little bit here or dating myself. But when we used to have TGI F and we used to gather around the TV when I was in high school and kind of late middle school, we would wait for our favorite shows to come on. And now, you know, we’re in this Netflix era where we have shows, entire seasons of shows, at our fingertips, and it’s totally bingeable and that’s what we love about it because it’s instant. So it’s instant, and we just want to be entertained. So I think you know, we have to separate that out and say we don’t always have to be entertained by our workouts. Now, that being said, I think there and I believe this is my feeling on it that our workouts can have value they can be fun. They can give us a sense of satisfaction they can give us a sense of pleasure and be enjoyed without being entertaining, right. And so I think that’s kind of where we need to go next with this, this discussion. So why do people think that lifting is boring? Or why is it that they experienced that lifting is not maybe exciting or entertaining?

Steph Gaudreau
And here’s, I think, what it comes down to, sometimes, I think that there is this phenomenon when you are not aware of maybe how to lift correctly, or how to structure your workouts or how to, you know how to challenge yourself, or maybe you’re afraid to add a little bit more weight, or you think I should just stick to these really light weights and do a ton of reps because I don’t want to get bulky, there can be really legitimate reasons why. Maybe you’re not adding a challenging enough weight or load, for example. So there’s nothing wrong with that. But I think this is kind of the gap. When you’re not lifting a weight that’s challenging enough, your mind does not have to be ultra-focused on the task at hand, you can be thinking about other things, or you don’t necessarily need the mind, muscle connection, the presence of mind. And so I think, you know, we see this with a lot of women who start lifting and they’re may be afraid to add a little bit more weight or don’t want to look a certain way, and they think that lightweight at a lot of reps is going to keep them from getting bulky or moderate weight at, you know, moderate reps is going to keep them from getting bulky, which is exactly what hypertrophy is.

Steph Gaudreau
Anyway, you know, I think that there’s this tendency when you’re not working and challenging enough reps and sets and loads and variations and all the things we talked about at the top. You don’t have to be as physically present and when or as mentally present even. And I think that that can contribute to the perception of boredom. Because you’re kind of like thinking about other things and learning we’re gonna have for dinner and look, anyone who’s ever done or stepped up to a really heavy for them, right? It’s all relative, but heavy for them deadlift or approached a squat rack with a heavy for them barbell, and are going to have to squat that bar, that bar. And maybe they’re looking at a weight that they haven’t really done before. There’s something that flips in your mind. Maybe you’re nervous a little bit, maybe you’re feeling excited, maybe your adrenaline’s going. But there is something that happens in your mind, when you have to step up to that your world shrinks down to that bar and you and that requires an intense amount of focus on the task at hand. And a presence that is is undeniable. And if you don’t if you’ve not ever experienced that, and lifting to you seems kind of rote, and you’re like, you know, kind of doing like some shoulder presses and you’re like, you know, chit-chatting to the person next to you or you’re thinking about what didn’t go well, in your day or, you know, your mind is all sorts of other places, or it doesn’t feel like much of a talent, I think that contributes to a sense of boredom that people have. The same thing happens in Brazilian jujitsu. And maybe you don’t know what it is, or you’ve never done it. This is the other sport that I do, really, for the last almost coming up to five years.

Steph Gaudreau
When someone’s trying to tap you out or choke you or you know, and we’re, obviously we’re practicing. So there’s an element that it’s not actually happening for real z’s. But when somebody is trying to do that, or you’re trying to get leverage on your opponent or whatever it is like you are there, you are present. And I think that there is something about the challenge or the focus that some of these different tasks require, and other sports have it too. But I think if you’re not appropriately challenging yourself when it comes to lifting weights, it’s easy to feel like me, it’s boring because it’s not really requiring that muscle mind connection. So, here’s the thing. I also think that there is value in things being routine. I say, relish the routine of it, make it such that you know what’s coming it’s Not all an unknown and unknowable. And it’s a little like a hat tip to CrossFit and the training for the unknown and the unknowable. But I think sometimes other people take that concept in two ways a, we have to confuse our muscles all the time. So, therefore, our workouts get really confusing and overly, overly done, you know, we have to think, oh, we have to be new and novel all the time and confuse our bodies and cause muscle confusion. And that’s just, that’s not really how training works, right, you have to have some amount of proficiency and build in progress and cause your body to adapt to the stressor of the training and recover. And that’s how you get stronger and make progress.

Steph Gaudreau
So I think there’s that, in expecting that we have to have this either confused our muscles all the time or train for these unknown situations, which Sure, hopefully, some of your skills that you learned in your fitness will be applicable to other things. Of course, we hope that, but I think that that adds a level of complexity that we don’t always need, especially in the context of the fact that you’re lifting. As part of the rest of your life, you’re not only lifting, most of you aren’t coaches, most of you don’t hang out in a gym all day long. You have things to do, you will have, there’s work and family and hobbies, and all sorts of stuff. And most of you are just trying to find the time as it is to just kind of squeak in a workout. Or maybe you do have a little bit of extra time. So you’re able to go to the gym for an hour, 90 minutes or something like that. But you know, when we’re trying to get the most out of strength training, and we don’t have a lot of time when we keep making things too complex or looking for the most overly done program. It, it just We’re always having to try to like adapt our minds and learn a new thing. And yes, there is value in the routine and keeping things simpler, instead of always looking to be entertained by changing up the program all the time, or looking for the most complex and convoluted program. Sometimes simple is better. And one of the things that when I work with my one on one clients, especially we talk about is can you make something like brushing your teeth? Now, you might not lift weights every day? You’re, if you’re lifting weights every single day, you’re probably not lifting heavy enough, I’m just gonna say that unless you’re doing some kind of strange split body split, where you’re just doing a little bit every day, but chances are, you’re probably not going to be lifting every single day as it is.

Steph Gaudreau
But can you make the concept of getting your workout in a routine? As is brushing your teeth? What time of the day? Are you going to do it? What is your schedule? Can you set it ahead of time? Are you putting it in your calendar and setting a reminder, for me, for example, I set a specific time on my calendar. And I know that’s just my protected time that that’s my time to exercise. Okay, so do what you can to make it more routine, simplify it more. And I think that that automatically will cut down on some of the sorts of need to be entertained at all moments. So here are a couple of other tips that I wanted to share with you now that I sort of laid the groundwork and the thought process here. The first thing is stop trying to make up your workouts completely by yourself. Especially if you don’t know how to do it. And you don’t or you don’t want to do it. Maybe you know how to program and you’re like I just cannot because I have a million other things to do like serve my own clients. That’s fine. But on Instagram last year, somebody told me that they do Bulgarian split squats five days a week and I was like why? Like there’s so many other squat-type variations are so many other single-leg unilateral squat variations or lunges, or whatever it is that you can do. Why what’s the rationale behind Bulgarian split squats five days a week the person was like, I don’t know, I just made up this workout.

Steph Gaudreau
So I get it like I’m a big fan of being resourceful. But I also think that if you’re finding your workouts boring, because you don’t know how to program a workout that’s going to be effective enough. Or of course, on the flip side, you heard Dying in every workout and you think you have to smash yourself and be the sorest ever, or it’s not going to give you results, which is not true. Invest in a program, like, find a program, there. bazillions of them, I have programs, they’re probably people you follow on Instagram that have programs, it’s okay to not DIY your workouts, that’s fine, you’re not like failing as a human, you probably haven’t had training in how to make a program and have it be effective. And that’s fine. And related to that tip. If you’re finding that you’re bored in your workouts, because you’re sort of like randomly doing a workout here or there, start training, get up, and I know that you’re like a workout is training. But what is training is, is not just a methodology, it’s not just a maybe a particular goal, or there’s something you want to accomplish, but there’s a strategy to it, there’s a purpose to things. So if you’re randomly doing workouts, and you’re like, This is just super boring, I’m going to say, you know, maybe get on a training plan, it doesn’t have to be five days a week, it doesn’t have to be four days a week, it could be two or three days a week, and you’re still gonna get a benefit from that. But, you know, related to that is like, if you’re just trying to randomly, you know, walk into the gym and do a little bit of on this equipment, or do a little bit on that equipment, and you’re like, I don’t really see a purpose in all of this. And then I feel bored. Invest in the training plan, maybe hire a coach, if you have the means, or join a gym if you prefer to do it in a group setting. There are options based on what you like, and you could certainly do a home-based training plan. There are tons out there. Okay.

Steph Gaudreau
Secondly, and I think this is really important. While you’re training, folks, this is the second tip, focus on your mind, muscle connection. What do I mean by that, I mean, when you are there lifting, I want to know, are you having to really focus on the last couple of reps that you’re doing. Now, of course, it could be a warm-up set. There’s always nuance. But if you’re going through the entire reps and sets, let’s say you’re doing some goblet squats, and you’re doing three sets of eight goblet squats. And that’s those are your working sets, maybe you’ve done some mobility, you’ve done some air squats, or bodyweight squats to get warmed up, etc, etc, fine. But once you get into those working sets are the last two or three feeling like a challenge, like you really have to concentrate to make the rep finish the reps. And if you’re not, that’s a pretty big indication that it’s not hard enough. Like you need to make it more challenging in some way, shape, or form. And there’s tons of different ways to do that. The most obvious is to either add reps or increase the load, depending on the purpose of the program. But suffice to say, are you having to focus on what your body is doing that mind-muscle connection is so key is if you notice that that’s not happening, and you’re sort of like, you know, with one hand, you’re like on Instagram, like as you’re doing some a shoulder press with the other, the other arm or something because you’re just really not focusing because it’s not hard enough, then that’s a big, that’s a big clue.

Steph Gaudreau
You can also do things like write down your reps and sets. Okay, I’m old school, I would prefer a paper journal, that’s just me. But maybe you’re logging it into an app, I don’t know, but write things down during your rest time. If you’re taking a rest time in your reps and sets and I’m thinking, you know, specifically a strength-based program where you are going, you know, heavier for your ability level for your body right now. And that rest time is actually really important. Okay, so maybe you’re doing a hypertrophy program and there’s less rest time, or you’re doing a muscle-building program and there’s 60 or 90 seconds of rest. That’s one thing. Or maybe you’re trying to superset to kind of save time. But if you are doing strength training in a sort of a strength-based, power-based program, you’re going to be lifting heavier for fewer reps. There is a purpose to the rest period, y’all you need to actually read let your body rest and I’ve heard from so many people, I’m bored resting. Well. You have to understand that it serves a purpose. Adult Learners are not great at following through sometimes unless they know the why of something.

Steph Gaudreau
So here is the why of it. When you’re doing especially a strength-based program, and you’re going heavy enough, you need ATP, adenosine triphosphate, which is the energy molecule of your cells. And what happens is when we want our muscles to be able to relax, after having contracted very hard, we need to regenerate that ATP, it’s like a rechargeable battery. So what we need to do his rest, it takes two to five minutes, maybe three to five minutes, depending on your effort and what you’re doing. But it takes time for your body to regenerate that now you can do things to help like take creatine or whatnot, but you need to actually just sit down and calm your jets, right? Maybe you take that time to do some visualization, maybe you take that time to write in your training journal, maybe you take that time to talk to your training partner, whatever it is, maybe set a timer, I don’t know. But start to actually work on that mind-muscle connection in that focus. And use your rest periods appropriately. And the last tip I have for you is to make the environment fun. Do you know what I mean? Maybe play your favorite music, or create a playlist or look for a Spotify playlist from your favorite online coach, or create a more welcoming environment in your own home, like maybe carve out a little bit of space around you.

Steph Gaudreau
And look, you can get a lot done, you don’t need a garage gym, if you have one, congratulations, because you’re really lucky that you have the space and the resources to make that happen. And that’s great. But a lot of people don’t have that. I, you’ve seen me probably if you watch my Instagram, which I highly recommend you follow. I’m lifting on my front porch, it’s a concrete slab, that’s probably five to six feet of usable space, it’s very small. I do a lot of lifting there, maybe you just clear out the clutter around you. So you have a little bit of space to move and you make your your your place where you’re going to lift just that much more welcoming. Do something else to make it fun, maybe you have, I don’t know a fun pair of shoes that you really like to wear or I don’t know, that sounds a little bit like maybe a trivial but maybe it brings you joy. And so just make it an enjoyable environment. I think that can go a long way. So that’s what I have for you today.

Steph Gaudreau
Lifting, it’s okay, if it’s boring, it serves a purpose, it’s very important for your health and well-being. It is something that you can embrace the routine of making sure that you are really loading your workouts appropriately and giving yourself a challenge. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to feel crushed under the weight of your first rep or two. Don’t be silly about that. But if you’re noticing, it’s just kind of like your mind is drifting off and thinking about the last season of Ted lasso or whatever you just watched. And it just doesn’t seem like it’s that much of a challenge. Make it more challenging. Maybe choose a different variation, do something single leg and watch what happens to your balance and see how much you have to focus. And then I shared some other tips, right, you may want to just bite the bullet and get a program so that you don’t have to really worry about making it overly complex or at the same time not really having any direction or focus. And related to that tip was also training. So pick a training focus, pick a goal, pick something else that really can help you hone in your mindfulness and your focus during your training. So that was really important. We talked about using your rest time wisely really focusing on the visualization in that mind-muscle connection and then making the environment fun.

Steph Gaudreau
It’s okay to have a silly dance that you do in between your workouts or put on some fun music and just, you know, enjoy that whatever motivates you. But just know that our workouts don’t always have to entertain us. There can be value in the routine and value and making it something that you do that you don’t have to put a lot of extra thought and time and effort into making it unique and novel and entertaining at every turn. I’d love to know what you think about this episode. Send me a message on Instagram or share this episode in your Instagram stories. You can also subscribe to this podcast on your favorite podcast app, that’s really important because it sends a signal to the app that says, I like this podcast and other people might like it as well. You can find the show notes for this episode at StephGaudreau.com. Of course, as always, and that does include a transcript. So if you’d rather read it, or you need to read it, because you’re hearing challenged or hearing impaired, then you can find those transcripts at my website, StephGaudreau.com. And if you haven’t jaunted over there. It’s very jaunty, you haven’t chanted over there to check out the new site yet. Maybe kill two birds with one stone and go check out the show notes and the site at the same time. Okay, a big treat for you. Coming up in the next episode. We have a special guest with us. So make sure you stay tuned, you stay aware, and watch your podcast app for this episode, the next one to drop. Thanks so much for being here with me this week. And of course, as always, stay strong.

 

 

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