It's really easy to get stuck in the same patterns and habits without truly recognizing how we got there. What starts to happen when we repeat these actions is that we develop a series of habits that we understand as routine. How we get ourselves to work every day or reaching for that piece of chocolate after our meal even though we feel satisfied—these are routines—unconscious actions that can ultimately leave us stuck in our ways.
This mindlessness can even cause us to feel stuck in things that are good for us, like working out. We begin to view our fitness routine as just that: a routine. Really, we should be approaching our workouts with far more mindfulness—almost like a ritual. When a routine becomes a ritual, magic happens. The "I have to do this" feeling is gone. Instead, we have a desire and respect to keep showing up.
So if you feel like you've fallen into a workout routine full of mindless action (or want to cultivate a healthier approach to your workout), here's how to shift your perspective and transform your workout routine into a ritual.