Posted on April 24 2018
Some people find exercise boring. I don't usually, but sometimes I get in a funk and I find myself stuck in a rut which can make exercise mundane. If you're one of those people that finds exercise boring from the get-go, you might enjoy these tips for making exercise fun. Exercise doesn't have to be the same as everyone else, boring, or routine! Here are some ways to jazz it up.
Challenge yourself or make a bet with a friend- Whenever I start to feel myself fall into a slump, I know it's time to challenge myself some more. Oftentimes, I like to challenge a friend and have them challenge me. Sometimes, we set the same challenges for each other and see who can beat out the competition. Either way, it makes exercise fun again.
Try a new sport- Sometimes all you need to do is change how you exercise to make it exciting again. I never thought I would really enjoy something like tennis, but last summer my husband and I decided to give tennis a go again after many years of not doing it (as in, the last time we both did it was in High School). Now, it's one of our favorite ways to get out of our routine, get outdoors, and enjoy exercising with each other.
Do something that you don’t think of as exercise- If the word ‘exercise’ is giving you a hang up, maybe try doing something that you don't typically associate with as being exercise. Take a dance class, or find yourself doing some yard work or neighborhood cleanup. All of these can be great exercises and you may even make some friends along the way.
Get a new workout outfit- You know that feeling when you go shopping for a new shirt and you just can't wait to wear it after you find the perfect one? The same applies for workout clothing. Treat yourself to a new workout outfit and you'll probably find that you can't wait to rock it at the gym.
Join a class at your gym or community center- If working out solo is becoming boring, try joining a class at your gym or Community Center. You will probably learn some new techniques or even dance moves if you take something like Zumba, and you might even get some workout partners out of the deal.
Take a fitness vacation- No, I don't mean take a vacation from your fitness! I mean, take a vacation that includes a fitness destination. For instance, if you've always wanted to learn to surf, take lessons or, consider finding a hotel with an awesome gym included. I once stayed at a cute little bed and breakfast with morning yoga and free bikes to use for those staying in the hotel. Look at interesting places you can take walks where you are traveling to. Include fitness in your next vacation to change things up a bit.
Change your environment- Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I spent a large part of the past 6 months working out indoors mostly. Now that spring is here, I'm doing more outside exercises and that is really helping me change my environment and my routine to bring a sense of newness to working out again.
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