First off, congratulations on your successes. Nice job!
Yeah, if you hate it, it's almost certainly not going to be something you're going to stick with for long.I just hate every second of it.
I'm right there with you. I get bored with every "routine" I've tried. Perhaps because it becomes such a predictable...well, routine. For the most part I'm not greatly motivated by my ability to increase my reps, the amount of weight I can lift, etc. I've done:So I think I've got the move slowly part down and the sprinting part down. It's just the LHT part that is really challenging me mentally.
Any suggestions, wisdom, hacks that have worked for others?
- Essentially random bouts of pushups and pullups for the better part of a year. Got bored.
- PB fitness for a couple months. Got bored.
- Simplefit for a couple months. Got bored.
- Some crafty perversion of Simplefit using a weighted backpack. Got sore joints, then got bored.
- Nothing for a couple months. Got weaker, and bored.
- Started up my random pushup/pullup routine again, this time with a weighted backpack. I'll probably get bored soon.
For me, the only thing that keeps me doing the whole LHT part is changing up the exercises when they get boring. That bothers me a bit. I wish I were satisfied with a particular routine and motivated by observed progress through that routine. But it's not so. Sadly, the only things that seem to motivate me to LHT lately are:
pride: "Crap, a couple months ago I could do almost 20 pullups, and now I can barely do 12!"
vanity: "I still look like a skinny SOB, maybe I can fix that."
health: A vague, yet persistent nagging in the back of my mind that working out will improve my health and longevity.
It's good that you're already doing the sprinting and Tai Chi. If you can keep that up and enjoy it, 2 out of 3 isn't bad. For LHT, I suggest trying to find a skill you're interested in (handstand pushups? planche pushups? muscle ups?), and let that motivate you to work harder. Or, just pick a routine and roll with it until it gets boring. Then tweak it it a bit, try a new one, or take a short break. You might find that you just need a lot of variety. One thing I do when I lack motivation to LHT is strap on a 50lb backpack and wear it around the house for a while. Run up and down stairs (carefully) with it on, cook with it, etc. Sometimes you gotta get creative.