Boredom Busters: Exercise tips for you 2011 resolutions

It happens to you every time. You resolve to get fit at the start of the New Year, you work out regularly and then you lose steam. You revert to old habits, exercising whenever you feel like it. The primary cause of your behavior: not a lack of self-discipline but plain old boredom. You get tired of exercising and plop down in front of the TV instead.

Exercise boredom is not uncommon. Many people, including die-hard fitness buffs, experience it from to time. Fortunately, there are several ways to combat it. First, you need to review your workout routine and pinpoint exactly what it is that bores you. Are you tired of doing the same old exercises at the same old time in the same old place day in and day out? Yeah? Well then, it’s time to make some changes. Run in the morning on some days around your neighborhood and swim in the evening on others at the gym. Vary your routine and keep boredom at bay.

To ensure your workouts are interesting, incorporate gadgets and entertainment into them. Get a heart-rate monitor and use it during your workouts to make sure you are reaching your potential. Watch some TV or listen to some music to make your workouts fun.

Small changes in your exercise routine, whether in activity, timing, location and even frequency and duration, can do wonders for combating boredom. None of it, however, may be enough. You may need to make bigger changes, like trying an adventurous sport, participating in a team sport or finding an exercise buddy. Often people become bored with exercise because they do it alone. Time flies much faster when you have someone to talk to while you are exercising. A partner can also keep you motivated. Failing to show up for a workout is a lot harder when someone is waiting for you.

Even with all of these changes in your exercise routine, you may still suffer some boredom from time to time. To keep yourself motivated, find something to shoot for. Think about what it is that you want to get from exercising and set some long-term goals. Perhaps you want to lose 10 pounds or run three miles. These are goals you can work up to a little at a time. You can run a quarter of a mile one week, a half of a mile the next two weeks, a mile the next four weeks, and so forth, until you reach your three-mile goal. Once you reach your long-term goals, make sure you find new ones to keep the momentum going.

In addition to setting long-term goals, focus on the rewards you get from exercising. Use the weight you have lost, the muscle tone you have gained or the overall sense of satisfaction you have received from exercising to stay motivated. Perhaps you feel better after you work out or have more stamina and energy to get through the day. All of these are benefits you can turn to whenever you get bored to stay motivated.

Fighting exercise boredom is not easy. It can be done, however. Change is key, and to stay motivated, you need to set some long-term goals and focus on all of the rewards you reap from exercising.

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