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Never get bored of exercise!

by The traineo Team

We should want to exercise for the sheer purpose of maintaining a healthy body. We should, in recognizing all the benefits of regular exercise, make the time to exercise every day. We should never complain about how boring working out has become. Unfortunately it's a fact - sometimes exercise feels like a chore.

It happens to everyone, professional and recreational athletes alike. No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we should be enjoying a workout/run/routine, we can't help growing bored of it at times. When this happens and you grow tired of a workout that once excited and revitalized you, it's simply time for a change.

My first piece of advice to a bored exerciser is to try a new activity. If you're a runner, try swimming. If you normally use the elliptical, try aerobics. Plenty of athletes at the highest levels cross-train to provide their over-worked muscles with a new environment. So as not to “burn out” from their intense training, athletes do something a little different every few weeks. Don't worry about losing any fitness specific to your original activity during cross-training. As long as you're working out as often as you used to and at a similar intensity, your performance at your regular activity will go unaffected.

In order to maintain interest in an exercise, it helps to have a goal in mind. Whether that training goal is to win the Olympics or to look better in a particular tank top, the way it affects one's training is identical. A goal, no matter how large- or small-scale gives you a constant reason to exercise, even when it's inconvenient to do so. When it's more humid outside than you would like, or in the early hours of the morning, your goal will help you willingly get out the door and exercise. A friendly driver once pulled over beside me as I was running in the pouring rain to offer me a ride home. I was impressed with her concern, but I had never considered it an option to turn back early or stop my run on account of the rain. I had a road race to train for!

To set an appropriate goal, choose one that is about 4 months in the future. Then set biweekly mini-goals along the road to the main goal. If your goal is to lose 6 pounds in 4 months, for instance, your biweekly mini goals should be to weigh 1.5 pounds less each month. Once you've reached your first main goal, it's time to set a different one. This time it might be to be able to jog a mile in a certain amount of time. You'll find that by varying your goals, you'll not only remain interested in your exercise regime, but you'll also improve in health and happiness.

Exercise should not feel like a chore. There are so many forms of exercise out there that work different parts of the body and have different health benefits that it's impossible to not be able to find something that you'll enjoy. Most of us have found our favorite form of exercise. Mine is running (in the rain, at times), and I've certainly experienced boredom with the sport. All it takes for me is three or four days of changing gears and trying something different – cross country skiing, soccer, kayaking – to revitalize my love for the sport.