Have you ever thought, "I'm bored with my workout"- you're not alone. Many face this challenge, especially those just starting out on their fitness journey. Boredom could be a barrier or roadblock from exercising. Finding what works for you, while making your workouts interesting, will keep you going back for more!
Here are 5 ways to ditch boredom and spice up your next workout:
1. Break Up Your Workout
Separate your workout into segments, each with a different focus--speed, incline, resistance, steady state, etc. By changing your workout every few minutes, you get variety and, because you're focusing on just a few minutes at a time, the workout will fly by.
2. Make a cardio medley.
Instead of getting on the same machine or exercise every time, pick 3 different machines or exercises and workout on each one for 1-2 minutes or more. Repeat until you've completed your recommended amount of cardio.
3. Be creative.
Look around and see if there are other ways to get in your cardio. Look for a flight of stairs to run up and down or a space where you could jump rope. Walk on the treadmill and then go outside and run around the building for 5 minutes. Look for different things you can do to break up your usual routine and add excitement.
4. Try something new.
We all have our favorite exercises--the ones we gravitate to every time workout. Experiment with something completely different. Challenge yourself to do something new. When was the last time you tried the rowing machine or that dusty workout DVD? What about the heavy punching bag in the corner of the gym? Moving your body in different ways can rejuvenate your workouts.
5. Try group fitness.
Even if you're not into group fitness classes, giving one a try can give you new enthusiasm for your workouts. Pick up a schedule at your club and make a deal to try one new class every two weeks. You pick up energy when you workout in a group setting--take advantage of it.
Are you ready to spice up your workout? Always keep moving and remember, variety is the spice of life!