Nothing will kill the enthusiasm needed for exercise faster than boredom. Even the most committed people will admit that, sometimes, putting one foot in front of the other can get a little old — especially if you’re covering the same old route or the same old piece of treadmill-rubber day after day. Almost 50 percent of people who start exercising quit after only six months, because they’re bored and unmotivated. Read on for exercise boredom busters that’ll turn your workout around.
Sick of Going Solo
Become a groupie to automatically get a workout buddy or two. Having a companion jogging, cycling or lifting weight together will keep you from feeling lonely. You and your partner can even compete against each other to boost the moral. However, while exercising together, do not just talk constantly until you lose the focus in doing the exercise.
Tired of the Treadmill
The number-one mistake runners make is going one speed, at one incline, every workout. Play with the control panel. After a 5-minute warm-up, jog for 2 minutes (at 5.5 mph, for example), then walk for 2 minutes (at 3.5 mph) or sprint (at 7.0 mph) — surprise yourself! Repeat for 20 to 30 minutes. Or work the treadmill into a circuit. Place a pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells beside the machine, and jump off every 3 minutes to do 1 minute of arm toners.
Done Spinning My Wheels
Whether you take a studio cycling class or pedal on a stationary bike, bring your mind (and the motivation) back into your workout. Set a positive intention before each biking session that answers the question, “How do I want to feel?” Create a 30-minute playlist of your favorite high-energy hits, then change the way you ride with every song — crank up the resistance, stand up and cycle, pedal faster, etc. The new tunes and techniques will help keep things fresh.