Rev Up Your Workout
Do you find it difficult to engage in exercise activities? Were you once a gym enthusiast but now find yourself no longer keen on stepping into the gym?
If you find any of the situations above familiar, then you just like many others, are suffering from what is loosely known as exercise boredom.
Individuals exercise for different reasons. Some exercise to lose weight or to follow doctor’s orders, and some engage in physical activities to bulk up or even see it as a form of social activity.
Because people have different reasons to exercise, they set different goals for themselves when they exercise. A person who is overweight may set weight loss targets for himself while an enthusiastic body builder will bulk himself up to partake in a body building competition.
Once goals are met, people tend to take their exercise regime for granted and start taking long breaks away from exercise.
Exercise is no longer fun
There are also a group of people who give up on exercise because they no longer find it fun. When this happens, people generally park exercise aside and find new activities to fill their time with. What used to be four hours of weekly training at the fitness center has now become a four hour daily affair at the bar. There is no harm in going to hightspots. However it is not wise to cut off exercise completely from your life.
Everyone needs to exercise at least three times a week, 20 to 30 minutes every session. Exercise keeps your mind alert and promotes a healthy body. But how do you put exercise back to your life after abandoning it for a long period of time?
Back on track
Often, the best way to get back on your fitness regime is by exercising in groups. If you have friends who enjoy swimming, suggest that you all meet up and have a friendly swimming competition.
For those who enjoy yoga, get a friend to join you for a yoga session at your yoga studio. When you motivate someone else to do the things that you enjoy, you will in return be more focused with your own fitness regimen.
Exercising in groups is a fun way to keep you going and it also becomes an event for friends and colleagues to gather. Group exercises are also more engaging rather than just sweating it out on your own.
If you are really bored with your exercise routine, a short break is advisable. But remember to not take a break that lasts for more than a month or more as this is a recipe for fitness disaster!
New workout activities
Sometimes it is not the motivation that sets you away from exercise but it may be the fact that your workout routine has become stale.
You’ve had a gym membership for almost a year, but your hours in the gym are only spent on machines and weights. You find your weight routine no longer challenging and you no longer find it interesting to indulge in.
What you need to do is to try out new things. If you’re an active gym enthusiast, it’s time to pick up a sport like tennis instead. Playing a sport unlike working on machines require more determination and mind power. It also helps to work all of your body muscles at one go.
If you’re an outdoor type of a person, perhaps it’s time to engage in some indoor sports for a change.
Alternatively try and spice up your workout sessions by alternating different types of workouts for different days. Instead of just one workout a week or month, try a different activity each time you exercise. This way, you will have something new to look forward every time you exercise.
Workout Ideas To Spice Up Your Fitness Session
Kickboxing – a great way to get a total body workout that also teaches basic martial art moves.
Pilates – exercise that teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine ans strengthens the deep torso muscles. It also helps in alleviating and preventing back pain.
Capoeira – a martial art practiced in Brazil by enslaved Africans in Brazil back in the 1500s. Participants form a circle and take turns singing, playing instruments and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle.
Belly dancing – a dance exercise that can bring excitement to a workout routine. Belly dance classes offers a distinctive form of exercise and a belly dancer normally utilizes many muscles in the body in flowing, expressive movements.