Busting Out of a Rut

Monday Workout: Rest

I know that I am not even close to the beginning of the line for people who have become disenfranchised with their workout routine.  This probably happens more times than we are willing to admit, especially if we have been spouting off about how much we looooooooooove to run, and having to respond to the age old question of, “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it????”  Well the truth of the matter is that at some point everyone gets fed up and burned out with a routine.  The definition alone makes me itch as if I’ve got a heavy case of the restless leg syndrome: a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

Let me clarify something: I love to be organized and have a plan for how to carry out a task.  This is NOT the same thing as routine.

Organized: Knowing that if I want to handwrite a note to send to my friend in Michigan, all I have to do is go to the third shelf from the left and there is my basket of notecards.

Routine: Writing a handwritten note every Monday at 5pm.

Organized: From left to right, my closet is organized from dress pants to khakis to jeans to school shirts to hoodies to running shirts.

Routine: Wearing the same Boot Cut, dark wash Gap jeans with my Michigan State hoodie and white & green Air Jordans every Friday.

Organized: Planning out my running schedule for the upcoming week.

Routine: Run 3 miles on Mondays plus abs & legs workout from Pinterest.

My friends over at CultFit would say that I’m not being intuitive enough with my body’s needs, and relying too heavily on social media to dictate/distract me from my workouts.  Perhaps I have allowed myself to try and focus on too many exterior stimuli during the time I’ve scarified to devote to myself and maintaining a healthy body.  When was the last time that I ran without an iWhatever in front of my face.  I wonder if I were to just run until I decided I had been challenged enough.  And I don’t mean allow myself to copout before it’s time; I mean really and truly connect with myself.

Plan of Action:

1. Get on the treadmill in the AM, minus my Kindle app.

2. Choose a comfortable, natural pace based on my body’s messages.

3. Stop when I’m done.

4. Stretch

5. Reflect

Question of the Day: What self-created rut would you like to bust?

7 thoughts on “Busting Out of a Rut

  1. I’d love to get out of the rut of hitting the snooze button. Really, I’m quite bad at it. I don’t exercise in the morning so it’s not that, I just never want to wake up. And then I’m rushed. It’s bad. Maybe I should focus on changing that.

    • I used to be like that as well. I set my alarm SUPER early so that I can have plenty of time to wakeup. If I set my alarm for just enough time to get ready to workout, I wouldn’t make it. But then again, I am ok with going to bed around 8:30 at night during the workweek to make it possible.

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