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How To Beat Exercise Boredom with 5 Practical Tips

November 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments ·


I am not sure you have experienced this before – you got on the treadmill or stationary bike, put on your headphones and suddenly found out that you are bored. You are not alone, I have been to that stage. Most of us get into workout routines. Just imagine swimming for 10 laps a day, 3 times a week, do it for the next 20 weeks and eventually you will get bored. While routine keep us on track, but doing the same thing for too long may eventually make you hate the exercise.

If you are bored with the usual stuff, it is time to shake things up a bit.

1) Try Something New

  • Instead of running on treadmill, try rowing machine. Instead of exercising on the intensity you are comfortable with, change it to high intensity to make yourself work harder.
  • Go join a fitness class. Pick one you have totally no idea what it is and try it. Who knows, you may like it.
  • If you are doing strength training, instead of using same weight for 3 sets, you can try to either increase the weight from 10, 15 to 20 pounds or reduce it from 20, 15, 10 in 3 sets. Break your routine occasionally may give you better result.
  • If you are an outdoor person, you can even try something more drastic like kayaking, rock-climbing or joining a team sport such as soccer or baseball.

Trying new things not only keep your body challenged, but also making you excited about exercising.

2) Exercise With A Buddy
Find a friend who has the same interest like yours. Having a companion jogging, cycling or lifting weight together will keep you from feeling lonely. You and your partner can even compete against each other to boost the moral. However, while exercising together, do not just talk constantly until you lose the focus in doing the exercise.

If you can afford, you can even get a personal trainer who can guide you with a new workout program.


3) Change Your Exercise Time
I normally work out at night during week days and rest on weekends. One fine Sunday, I decided to go to gym on morning. Surprisingly, changing the time working out has given me a total new experience. If you always go for a run in the mornings, try doing it at sunset. If you always work out after dinner, try doing it just before lunch. It feels like a whole new experience.

4) Allow Yourself to Do Less
Some people are very strict to their workout routine. Once they plan to run for 5 miles, they never stop until they hit the goal. Being committed is good. But, occasionally, you should give yourself permission to do less. Use the time saved to do something else, say spoil yourself for a nice steam bath or massage later.


5) Buy Things You Like
Similar with the fourth tip, occasionally, you should spoil yourself for meeting a fitness goal. You don’t have to buy expensive things to get yourself motivated. You can buy pedometer, heart rate monitor watch or new CDs. New pair of running shoes will tempt you to run more. I know many ladies find that buying new gym attire will get them working out more.

I have tried all the above tips occasionally and all of them have helped me to beat the boredom of exercising. But sometimes, it can be really boring to exercise. But, every time I think of how good I will feel after the exercise, I will just pack my bag and head towards the gym.



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  • Lindsey // Nov 4, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    Another way to help with motivation and spice things up is to train for a fitness event like a triathlon, 5k, 10K or even a marathon. Having a goal in mind can really keep you motivated and make your workouts more fun.

  • beng // Nov 5, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    i shall try to vary my routine using yr tips. getting to b a drudge going to the gym. i have stopped n instead swim in the gym pool util i drop exhausted

  • Tomasz // Nov 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    I like this compete with your buddy tip. I had always better results when I was exerciing with my friends. My tip to beat boredom on the gym is to try to beat my personal records as often as possible. Also I try to do more intuitive training, which I always try to adjust to my mood. If I am in “fighting mode” then I use big weights and work out really hard. When I feel depressed by somenthing I do some light training and chat a lot with other gym members. Nice post, thanks for sharing!

  • Kay // Nov 9, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Maybe a good music will helps u or motivates u to exercise more n more…plus some sexual opposition motivation! lol!!

  • Reestus Rat // Dec 20, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Why does it seem boring? Because it IS boring. It isn’t meant to be fun, enjoyable or effortless. Feeling bored out of your skull is just one of the things you have to accept to be fit, like the constant feeling of hunger and dull muscular aches.

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