Avoiding Exercise Boredom

Avoiding Exercise Boredom

Wednesday November 11, 2009

Every few months or so, I get fed up with my workouts. This is quite common at this time of year, when the weather is cold and my workouts relocate indoors. Having a variety of choices is one way to bypass boredom, but sometimes you need something completely different to get you past a slump.

If you're getting bored with the same old thing, you might find these ideas helpful:

  • Play Some Games: One thing I love about fitness games, like EA Sports Active, is that they give me an opportunity to have fun - something that is often missing from my running or strength training workouts. Some games can really get you working, like Punch-Out!!. For more ideas, check out our Nintendo Guide's 7 Best Workout Games.
  • Sign Up for Something Crazy: One of my clients was so bored with her cardio workouts that she signed up for a daily 5:30 a.m. bootcamp class, something I couldn't have paid her to do previously. It was just what she needed to energize her routine. I've had other clients try bellydancing, ballroom dancing, karate and even a cardio striptease class. Trying something completely different can breathe life into a dull routine.
  • Give to Others: Use your fitness for good by signing up for a charity race. You could even volunteer if you don't want to race - you'll find either choice rewarding and motivating.
  • Get Back to Basics: Sometimes, going back to basics can remind you what exercise is all about - moving your body. Forget the fancy stuff and get down for some pushups or squat thrusts. Go outside and see if you can work up a sweat raking leaves or chasing a football with a friend. Do something simple and fun and you may just remember why you exercise in the first place.

What about you? What do you do when you get bored with your workouts? Leave a comment and tell us how you avoid exercise boredom.

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