is key when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. If you can't
stick to a regular workout schedule, you may not ever see the
results you want from your exercise routine. One of the biggest
reasons people have trouble staying consistent is that working
out is boring. Whether you're body building, training for a marathon,
or simply trying to stay fit one way or another, chances are you'll
deal with workout boredom eventually.
are skeptical when they hear that working out should be fun-but
it should be. If you're bored with your exercise routine, here
are a few ways to make things more interesting.
the scenery. Do you always run on the treadmill? Why not jog
through your neighborhood instead? If you're always spinning on
a stationary bike, take your old mountain bike for a spin. Fresh
air and a change in scenery can make even the most boring exercise
routine fun and exciting. If you're doing most of your cardio
at the gym, try taking it outside. Your workout will be tougher
and less predictable, and you'll feel refreshed and energized.
machine. Do you always work with the same machines every time
you go to the gym? If so, take one day to rotate and try new machines.
Make a commitment to try every machine in the gym in one day,
or spread your exploration over several days. If you aren't sure
how something works, ask one of the trainers to show you the ropes.
This is a great way to try out new exercises, increase your routine
repertoire, and learn a few new moves. Who knows-you may just
discover a few new machines you like better than the old ones.
your music. Sometimes you can eliminate boredom simply by
changing what you listen to. If you always listen to the same
songs in the same order when you exercise, it's no surprise when
your routine gets boring after a while. Design a new soundtrack
to your workout. Ask your friends for recommendations on their
favorite workout songs. Search the pre-made mixes at online music
stores for new ideas. A new mix of music is likely to keep things
interesting for a while longer.
class. Working out by yourself can be fun, but you can also
benefit from the motivation of working out with others. Join a
class at your gym and explore the possibilities. And don't be
afraid to try something different. If you usually concentrate
on body building, why not try Pilates or Yoga? If you're a gentle
yoga person, try strength training. Or stick to what you know,
and use the class as an opportunity to get to know others with
similar fitness goals.
your focus. Are you a bodybuilder? If so, put down the weights
for a day and do some cardio. When you focus on body building,
it's easy to fall into the trap of concentrating only on building
muscle. Do this too long and you could see a decrease in flexibility
and a lack of long-term stamina. If you usually work on cardio,
try free weights for a day. Do something you don't normally do.
This is sure to help you shake off your boredom.
your progress. If you can see yourself improving week to week
and month to month, you'll have a much easier time staying motivated.
There are many ways to monitor your progress, from simply keeping
track of your weights and reps from week to week to buying a heart
monitor or pedometer and keeping a record of your numbers.
rules. Do you always start with heavier weights and then work
down? Do you usually perform your exercises with light weights
first, then increase your weight? Whatever rules you're playing
by, try breaking them for a day. Do your body building routine
backwards, from lightest to heaviest or vice versa. Change the
amount of reps. Slow your moves down to a crawl or try speeding
them up. Break out of your rut by making alterations in your usual
Try a new
routine. If making changes to your usual routine isn't enough
to make things interesting, go on a search for a brand-new one.
Check out Internet sites with exercise routines that incorporate
new moves and new machines. Print out the routines that look the
most interesting for you, and take each one for a test drive.
Stick with the routine you have the most fun with, but bear in
mind that you'll probably get bored again if you keep at it too
long. Don't be afraid to switch things up again when this happens.
What matters is the fitness you achieve, not the routine you use
to achieve it.
an event. Whether you're training for a body building competition,
planning to run your first marathon, or are simply looking forward
to a walk-for-charity event, working toward a fixed goal is a
great way to stay motivated. Choose an event that makes sense
for you-a body building competition may not be the best idea if
you're a beginner at the sport. But you don't have to be in perfect
shape to join a fitness event. Charity walks and jogs are a great
way to get involved, and mini-triathlons can be perfect for those
who've never participated in a competitive fitness event before.
yourself. Did you meet a fitness goal this week? Reward yourself
by making a small purchase or doing something you love to do.
If you have a regular reward system worked out so that you get
something for yourself every time you meet a fitness goal, you
may find it easier to keep your focus and motivation.
doesn't have to be boring. The reason so many people fall into
the boredom trap is usually failure to vary the routine. If you
stick with the same body building routine, the same jogging route,
the same music and the same rules every time you exercise, it's
only natural that you'll get bored eventually. Add intensity by
training for an event, make small or large changes to your routine,
or get out of the gym altogether for some outdoor exercise. Change
your habits, and you're sure to find a renewed enthusiasm for
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