Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Accepting change is difficult for everyone, but it is even easier to get stuck in a rut or stick with a training plan that feels comfortable. While it is good to be comfortable with your training, no longer having fun in the gym will negatively affect your exercise adherence. So, unless you have a competition coming up very soon, embrace change and have fun with your training!
If you are a casual gym goer, or even a competitive athlete, you need to have fun with your training and try something new once and a while. It is not so much for the physical benefit, but the mental benefit. Training is hard on your body and when progress slows down, it becomes harder in your head. If you find that you are having more off days than you should or not motivated to train, do something different! Workout with a friend, try a new sport, or try a new training program you have always wanted to try.
I often find that if I take my training too seriously for a long period of time, it starts to feel like a chore. When this happens, I take a couple of weeks, move away from my programming and train what I feel like training that day. It helps me remember that I workout because I enjoy being active and challenging myself.
Taking a few weeks to do what you feel like is not a bad thing once and a while. Have fun and stay motivated with your training!