Alright, January and February have flown by. Some of you might be feeling a drop-off in your New Year’s resolutions to stay and get in shape. This could be because you’re bored with your exercise routine. You might be thinking so what? Well, if you’re bored with what you’re doing you will not want to continue doing it. It’s that simple. This article offers some avenues to overcome your exercise boredom.
First things first, you have to be motivated to exercise. The easiest way to stay motivated is to enjoy what you’re doing. Some people have the ability to force themselves to do all kinds of exercises that they don’t enjoy, but the majority of people need to like what they’re spending time on. Here are some examples:
- Do you like dogs? Volunteer at your local shelter and take some pups out on walks.
- Try something new. See what’s trending in the exercise world, you might just find your perfect fit.
- Grab a friend. Having an exercise partner is a great way to not get bored with what you’re doing.
One of the most disheartening things when you start exercising is how long it seems to take to see results. You can easily become bored with your routine if you feel that you’re not benefitting from it. One way to do this is to set small goals. You’ll be able to keep track of your progress, and it will inspire you to continue with your physical activity.
At the beginning of this article we talked about how it’s important to like what you’re doing. Think of how many things you do during the day that you truly enjoy. You might enjoy reading, going outside, or even watching a favorite show. One way to save yourself from being bored is to integrate some of the things you enjoy into your exercise routine. For example:
- If you like to read, try audio books when you exercise! You can time your exercises to chapters, and you’ll still get to discover new books.
- Do you like the outdoors? Find new trails to hike or run. Go kayaking, running, bike riding; there are so many activities that you can do outdoors that would do wonders for your physical activity.
- Even watching your favorite shows can be integrated! Come up with a game for one of your shows – x amount of push ups during commercials, x amount of crunches when your favorite character does something predictable/new/familiar. The list is endless.
These are some examples of how to overcome your exercise boredom, but do some more research. Try to find new exercises that appeal to you; you might not like CrossFit, but you might love pure barre. But rest assured. Exercise boredom happens to all of us. However, like most things in life, it’s all about how you respond that makes a difference. Have fun, and stay motivated. You got this!