Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Exercise Is Boring"

“Exercise is boring.”  Or is it?  I don’t think it is.  As Bob says, you just haven’t found something that you like to do if you find exercise to be boring. 

I know I like to keep things fresh.  Sure, at the gym, I do the same 3 things…at least for now I do…but that doesn’t mean it’s boring to me or that it’s not challenging to me.  There are numerous different programs to choose from on the cardio equipment.  The circuit training area at my gym does the same 10 strength training exercises, but I can still mix it up a little bit and challenge myself with those 10 exercises.  When I can do 30 repetitions of one particular exercise within the allotted 60 seconds, I know I need to bump up the weight I’m lifting. 

I’ve been going to the gym now for about 3 weeks.  Finally, today, I decided to take along a pen and paper to log what I’m actually doing in the circuit training area.  Now, I have something documented that I can base my future rounds of the circuit training area on and improve upon them.  That circuit training area is really the best idea a gym has ever had.  Seriously.  It’s the reason I picked Planet Fitness as the gym I wanted to join. 

How do you keep exercise from being boring?  The easiest ways are to mix it up and keep it fresh, and to do something you truly enjoy doing.  I have a decent sized library of workout DVDs, over 20 in fact, that I can choose from to prevent boredom and monotony.  And then I have the gym which is an open book of possibilities in and of itself.  And then, I always have the option of going for long walks or for a bicycle ride outside. 

Are you tired of the same old same old hum-drum at the gym?  Does your gym offer classes?  Take a class…or two.  Does your gym have a pool?  Do some laps!  Does your gym offer personal training?  Buy a session or two a month to help keep things changing in your routine.  Don’t have a gym membership?  That’s fine too.  You have plenty of options open and available to you.  Is there a school near your house with a track that you have access to?  Run some laps.  Do interval training by running a certain distance (say 1 lap) and then walking a certain distance (say 200 yards) and alternating for a certain amount of time (at least 30-50 minutes).  Own a bicycle?  Go for a ride.  Go for walks.  Do push-ups and jumping jacks.  Jump rope.  Use canned goods and jugs of milk or laundry detergent in place of weights for strength training.  In short, your workout is only as limited as your imagination!  Coming up short on ideas, the web community SparkPeople.com has LOADS of exercise ideas and instructional videos available for FREE!  All you have to do is sign up for a free account.

So, in short, exercise is only boring if you don’t enjoy it and if you don’t challenge yourself.  The only reason I can think of that you wouldn’t challenge yourself is that you really don’t want to achieve your goals.  Which is exactly what happened to me last year.  I won’t let that happen to me again.  I want to achieve my goals more than anything this time and I will do anything I can to make sure I meet those goals.  I will do whatever I can to make sure that my exercise routine is never boring.

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