I am a tremendous multi-tasker. I am doing more than one thing at a time, most of the time. I also have a very short attention span. Which means I get bored pretty quickly. I have talked to lots of people who do as well and they tell me that is why they don’t stick to an exercise program. I completely understand! *hand up* me too! I don’t even take the dogs on the same route each day for their walk!
I’ve been pretty successful over the last 3 1/2 years at keeping boredom at bay by doing the following:
- I’m very fortunate with my fitness club. Western Racquet has a set class schedule but the content of the classes are always different. (Other than Step class for which the choreography is the same for the month and it just takes a while to learn it … fortunately for me!) They also add/drop classes depending on demand/response. But, finding classes that aren’t the same over and over is helpful.
- When I can’t get to a scheduled class, or when I’m out of town, I have found MyFitStation on Facebook as well as mydreamshape.com. They post a monthly workout calendar and each day is a different workout. They are all planned out so I don’t have to do so, but they are varied without me having to figure out my own plan so I don’t get bored or frustrated. Pinterest is also a great source for workouts you can do on your own.
- I occasionally throw in something completely different to change it up. Like Belly Dancing or a bike ride or something. Just a curve ball to make it feel new. I am thinking of going back to racquetball again and I haven’t tried that in well over 20 years!
- While I, in general, like it better when I work out with other people (a friend or in a class), sometimes I just like to put the ear buds in and tune out the world. I hop on the elliptical or the Stairmaster and read while I work out on the machine. That also takes my mind off how hard the workout is since I’m without the encouragement of a class instructor.
- I have had a few personal training sessions and while I’ve enjoyed those workouts; I’m just not sure that is something worth it for me for either the workout value or for the cost value. I sort of feel, well, a little picked on with most trainers! The two I’ve worked with recently haven’t made me feel like that at all and I’ve benefited from their coaching in how to do some exercises correctly that I hadn’t been. I think that will prevent me from injury and also give me the best benefit from the work. So … jury out for me on personal training but if you need a push or a jump or a little snazz it up … maybe try it!
If you have trouble sticking to a workout schedule, it may not be you or even the specific workouts – you just may need some change up. I know I would never have last 3 months let alone 3 years if I did the same 3 or 4 workouts all the time. *ick* You know what they say about variety? Well, it is the spice of your fitness life too.
Have a great week!