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

KickboxingKickboxing – 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.

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5 Responses

  1. Jennifer says:

    You definitely need a goal to hkeep up an exercise program. You also need to see yourself reaching that goal.

    I think also a lot of people start an exercise program wothout knowing exactly what they’re doing. When I say that I mean they don’t know how toexercise properly.

    People get stuck in a rut of doing the same thing every time they go into the gym. To actually progress they have to do more than they did the last time, and I think this is what a lot of people don’t realize.

    Thsi is why they don’t see the results they’re after, and then lose motivation.

    Your part about taking a break, and not making it too long is spot on. Once you give up for a period of time you always end up finding something else to do instead.

    Great post.

  2. bodybuilding says:

    I am a bodybuilder and workout extremely hard in the gym and find that after awhile I lose the drive to go to the gym, and I think the article above about how to rev up your workout has some good ideas to keep it fun and fresh so you do not lose interest.

  3. Great post!

    I agree, variation is the key to staying interested and most importantly motivated. I revise both my workout routine and nutritional diet every 8 weeks. This lets me look at were I need to improve on my training and nutritional needs, so I can change it to accomodate were I need to be.

  4. Actually, there are many ways of keeping up the habit, and sticking to it. Here are some points I can suggest.

    Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.

    Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.

    Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.

    Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

    Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.

    And by the way, the equipment should suit the interests and fitness level, of as many members of the family as possible. Your chosen activities should be enjoyable and yet challenging enough that your able to progress to higher levels. If you find the equipment boring, you won’t use it.

    Have a happy fitness!

  5. I try to exercise at least 3 times a week. I enjoy working out with weights

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