What to Do When You’re Bored of Your Fitness Routine
If you have been exercising for any time at all, then you’ve probably experienced the feeling of boredom with your fitness routine. Like anything else, if you do the same thing over and over, you’ll eventually tire of it and not look forward to doing it anymore.
And your body physically tires of it too. Doing the same routine every time, your body gets accustomed to it and becomes more efficient at doing it, thus you end up burning fewer calories than when you first started that routine. If you are not seeing the results you saw at first with this routine, that could be the reason why.
So what do you do? There are several things you can do that will break the boredom.
- Shake things up both mentally and physically. Try adding a few new routines to your fitness menu that either works different muscles or works the same ones differently. Keep your body guessing as to what you will throw at it next.
- While your new routines can be of the same type training – for example aerobic – try adding in a different type like strength training or circuit. Kettle bells make a great resistance training program as they work both the upper and lower body.
- Back off on your training. You should be taking at least one or two days per week off. And even if you are, take a full week off every six to eight weeks of training. Not only will it give you both a mental and physical break that you need, but you’ll come back new and refreshed and will not have lost any of your fitness.
- Change the intensity. If you walk on a treadmill or use an elliptical trainer, change the incline, crank up the resistance or a little of both.
- Change your method of training. For example, change the order of exercises in your routine. If you strength train, try adding more reps at less weight to build endurance or fewer reps with heavier weight to build strength.
- Reassess your goals. If your progress has stalled, look at your goal and see if you can find a new way of working toward it. Sometimes taking a fitness challenge will help you find your way again. If you like running, train up for a long run competition.
While fitness training is not necessarily all fun and games, there are ways to instill new vigor into your training program. Otherwise you may just find yourself going through the motions, but not really into your game. When that happens, change up things by trying one or more of the ideas in this article.
6 Ways to Reduce Boredom While Exercising
Are you bored with exercising? If so, have you given any thought as to why you are bored? Most likely it comes down to either:
- what you are doing or
- how you are doing it.
If you do the same routine over and over, it will get old after awhile and you will lose interest. Then it becomes something you know you have to do, but no longer enjoy doing it.
Change your routine
One solution is to assess, and if necessary change, your exercise routine every 6 to 8 weeks. Try something entirely new. If you are strictly a cardio person, incorporate two days per week of strength training (just not two days in a row). Or try out a circuit training program where you rotate through a series of exercises. Or try a different piece of equipment.
If you regularly go to a gym to workout, try a workout routine at home that just uses your own bodyweight – no or little equipment required!
Change the intensity
Sometimes your routine is fine and it is giving you the results you need. In this case, maybe all you need it to step up the intensity, thus making it a HIIT type of workout.
Exercise with a partner
When changing your routine is not the answer, many times all that is needed is to change the conditions.
Being accountable to a partner (and them accountable to you) is a powerful incentive. Neither of you want to let the other person down, so you show up to exercise even if you don’t feel like it. However once you start talking, the time will fly by and before you know it, you are done.
Set up exercise playlists
Listening to music is the catalyst that keeps some people in the exercise game. They get in their own little world, do their exercise thing and emerge from the other end happy and satisfied. It could also work the same for you.
Take a class
If you are a “people person”, then this can work wonders for your exercise program. Join a yoga, Pilates, Zumba or any other type of exercise class. Sometimes being around other people can inspire new life into your exercise attitude.
Set a goal
Most people work out better, and with more enthusiasm, if they have something to look forward to at the end. Start with setting a small goal and when reached, set another one a little larger. Without a goal, you are exercising just for the sake of exercise and not really focused on a measurable result (losing weight, building muscle, etc.)
You don’t have to be bored with your exercise routine. Incorporate one of more of the ways in this article to reduce boredom into your next training session.