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Dear Cassey: What happens if I get bored with working out?

November 5, 2021

Dear Cassey,

After taking care of your body, what left is there? I mean of course there are always different kinds of exercises, different foods, different places to see, new people, but what do you do when you get bored with working out and tired of changing up your routine? When you get tired of trying new foods, seeing new places, meeting new people? What do you do when it’s all not really satisfactory as it used to be? Is there something else to turn to, in your opinion?

– Wondering What’s Next

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Hi Wondering What’s Next,

This is such a great question that I’m sure more people wonder about than you even realize! I think everyone gets bored with working out at some point. Is fitness just a never-ending road? Do we just keep cycling through new workouts, diets, and fitness communities every time we lose interest?

The answer is maybe. It works for some people, but it’s not the ONLY option!

Know when you need to push through

This might sound harsh? But hear me out.

You know that feeling when you really don’t want to do something but then it’s great once you’re doing it? Working out is like that sometimes. It’s totally normal to get into a slump for something, no matter how much you love it! Even Simone Biles recently went through something similar! Sometimes the key is to just keep going.

When I feel like this with working out, I just take it down a notch. I commit to a 15-minute walk, or some feel-good yoga. More often than not, it leads to a longer workout because I always feel so much better once I get started.

So start there! If you’re still not feeling it…

Be real about your goals

Be super honest: are your goals ACTUALLY challenging you? Or are you basically going through the motions?

I can always tell when I’m not challenging myself enough when I get bored. When a goal really puts you to the test, making that achievement is addicting. It never gets boring.

So go back to the drawing board with your goals! What is your “why,” and has it changed? Because it totally can!

And if your “why” isn’t so much about fitness at the moment…

Taking a break is healthy too

Sometimes, a break is part of the process. It doesn’t mean fitness is taking the back seat, or your priorities have totally changed. It doesn’t mean you’re “letting yourself go” or being lazy.

If your workouts stop bringing you joy and the thought of yet again trying something new just doesn’t sound appealing, it’s time for a break. It’s time to refresh your spirit with a new activity… or no activity.

Maybe this phase of life is just about being more social and you need more free time to make it happen. Or maybe it’s about being LESS social and working more on your mental health. Maybe you want less routine.

The cool thing about fitness is, at some point you’ll want it back! Depending on how much time you take off, you might have to build back up to where you once were. But guess what? That new challenge will reignite your spark and your “why.”

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

Don’t forget to acknowledge how far you’ve come

Finally, give yourself credit where it’s due. I am soooooo bad about diluting my accomplishments sometimes. I think a lot of us are guilty of this, right? Like yeah I crushed my goal of ___ BUUUUT I should have done better at ___.

Ugh why do we do that? It takes away so much joy! Soak it in, because you deserve it!

The “rule” that says we can always be doing more or pushing harder is just damaging. It forces us to constantly compare our progress to others and ultimately it leads to major burnout.

No matter what, only you know what you need! 

Hopefully these tips help, but you have to do you! You know yourself better than anyone. If you feel yourself getting bored with working out, or any part of your routine, don’t stress. Just make small changes and focus on your “why.”

PS – If you have a burning question you want to ask me, leave your questions below! I may answer it in an upcoming Dear Cassey post!

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  1. So I’m back to square one… I’m tired 😞 says:

    Dear Cassey,

    So I gained weight again… it’s a constant pattern right when I’m about to reach my goal something happens and I’m back to square one. Then I don’t feel like eating healthy or even standing up. What should I do?
    Also, my bipolar disorder influences my motivation, so my daily life is full with sudden mood changes and fatigue.
    What can I do? Should I just give up? I’m tired Cassey. I want to accomplish so many things but it seems I’ll never happen.

    – The Roller-coaster girl

  2. ClearKup says:

    Dear Cassy,
    What exercises can you recommend to get rid of back fat?

  3. Eva S. says:

    Hey Cassey! I am currently trying to find my passion, and facing the hard realization that it’s not what I studied for, what I’m “supposed” to do, what my family expects of me. I find your story very inspiring, how you were “supposed” to become a doctor but you stayed true to yourself, followed your passion and became so successful and happy with your work. How did you do it? How did you overcome the negative thoughts, the anxiety and the overwhelming fear of letting everyone down? I’d love to hear your experience and any advice you would like to share.
    Yours truly,
    – Worried about the future

  4. Stubborn says:

    Dear Cassey,

    I feel like nothing is working. I try and try when I work out and get No or worse results. And I don’t get what I’m doing wrong, I’ve tried Working out, I don’t take the scam shortcuts, and nothing works. I noticed this and started getting really mad. I pushed myself harder, worked out longer, and nothing makes a difference. I’m nearly crumbling under the weight of my own standards for myself even though I’m a completely healthy person it just seems that I’m never good enough.

    Sincerely, Stubborn

  5. Marissa says:

    Hello! I had surgery in August and took a few weeks off of working out since I was instructed not to lift anything more than 10 pounds. Then about a month after my surgery I caught covid and was lucky to recover about 2 weeks later. However, I was hesitant to work out for awhile. I felt my body still needed to recover from the surgery and from covid. It’s been about 3 months since my surgery and about a month since I recovered from covid. I would like to start working out again, but I know I have to start slow. I’m looking forward to starting the daily exercises on your calendar again, but not sure how to start. Can you suggest what’s the best way to get back into working out after having health issues?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Cassey, I hurt my knee from running the other day and it’s been a week now. Yesterday I went for a walk and it got worse. Wht can I do?

  7. Sanderella says:

    Thank you so much for thinking about being bored or needing a break for a time…. It’so true and I often feel to need a break for being more social especially in summer time. Now we have autumn and I just restarted getting back into fitness mood with you and looking for new strength in my body – and mind.
    Lovely greets from Stuttgart/Germany,


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