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How to Overcome Boredom When Exercising

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

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Find a form of exercise that you enjoy

Do you get bored easily or you find exercise a chore?

The key to beating the boredom is to find an exercise program that caters not only for your fitness ability, but one you can actually look forward to.

Ask yourself, have you tried everything? Try not to have the preconceived idea that you won’t enjoy exercising without even having tried it. You simply might not have found what you love yet. Make a list of exercises you have tried and don’t like and then a list of activities you are willing to try. Work your way down the list until you find something you enjoy. Put yourself outside of your comfort zone, you never know you might just love it.

Add a social element, doing things on your own can get stagnant and demotivating. Round up friends to join you on a hike, take a bike ride, go dancing, or try a group fitness class. Exercising with friends can be fun. Doing something you’ve either not done before, or are not good at, can be great entertainment!

If it makes exercise more enjoyable for you, it’s perfectly fine to watch the latest Netflix show, listen to a podcast, read while you’re on the exercise bike or treadmill or use a resistance band, as long as your workout challenges you.

Mix it up so you don’t get bored. It’s important to change things up every now and again so that you don’t fall into a repetition trap. Try a few different types of exercise and don’t overdo it to the point of injury. Alternating activities is perfect to grow your interest and keep things fun.

Put together an up-tempo playlist that gets you motivated to move. Play it first thing in the morning to set you up in a positive mood for the day or in the car on the way to the gym. This can make a huge difference on those days you don’t feel like exercising.

If all else fails, remember the feeling you get from accomplishing a workout or some exercise. It might be hard whilst doing it, but afterwards you can pat yourself on the back and be proud of what you achieved.

There are exercise options for all shapes, sizes, ages and conditions with endless possibilities. It’s SO important that you find what you enjoy.


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