Goals and habits can quickly become routine and stale. The same workout. The same eating plan. The same dates. At this point you’ll hit an enthusiasm dip. The proverbial rut.
After riding the initial high of a new endeavor, it becomes harder. Harder to motivate yourself to show up again at gym. Harder to continue saving to get out of debt. Harder to stick through to the end in uni. This is where many give up. The true test of willpower and perseverance is in the home-stretch of any dip where you just want to pack it in and peace-out.
A big part of why this happens is our natural tendency for variety. Humans seek new. We get bored. And the tendency is to stop doing that thing that we’re bored with and go and do something completely different. Often though, it’s at the expense of achieving the long term goal you were shooting for, i.e. you didn’t make it through The Dip.
But there’s a trick, it’s called ‘Variation instead of Variety’.
Here’s how it works:
Ok, let’s say you start playing piano. You’re all excited, you practice every day, you’re enjoying it and, you’re making progress, then – the dip….
You’re not progressing as fast and you start to feel a bit bored. If you’re like a lot of people you start thinking…’I feel like change… or….. I just need a little break…. or…. maybe I really want to play guitar!’… The next thing you know you haven’t played for a month.
But, the trick is to vary the activity enough so that it feels new. So for our piano example, if you’re playing classical – try learning jazz, if you always practice in the morning – practice at night, always play alone? Try playing with a friend. The list is endless.
Variation is a great way to make it through The Dip.
This is how we like to think about trampolining (and our B-Fit classes) when it comes to exercise. Sure there are some people who are going to take up trampolining as their thing, but for most we recommend it as a great way to break up your fitness week or month.
Jumping on a trampoline is a great alternative to an aerobics class, HIIT session or run (and we think it’s way more fun;-)
So next time you’re thinking of skipping that workout, think of us, come and bounce around and vary your way to success 😉