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7 Ways to Beat Workout Boredom Day 17 of 100

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7 Ways to Beat Workout Boredom

I don’t know if you are like me but I tend to bore very easily with just about everything.  So I knew that when approaching losing weight it was important for me to keep it interesting so that I wouldn’t get bored and just gie it up.

Mixing it up can keep things interesting and keep you from just giving up on your goals.  I know for me walking on a treadmill has to be one of the most boring things I can imagine aside from watching paint dry.

The only thing time I go to the gym is when its winter time or whenever the weather gets really bad outside and I can’t go anywhere else.   Even those little tvs can’t keep me interested in walking on a treadmil.  I enjoy getting outside, breathing in the air, checking out the scenery and seeing all the different people.

Here are 7 ways to beat workout boredom so that you can keep your workouts interesting and mix it up a bit so that you can stay on track.  I have done all of the ones on this list to keep me moving forward so that I can reach my goals.

 1.  Buy a new workout outfit–  I always feel better when I get a new workout outfit.  Just like getting new clothes I am always eager to put on any new workout gear.  So get a cute workout top or pants and go and show them off.

2. Try a fitness class–  I use to not be much for group fitness until I discovered aqua fit.  I look forward to it every week and I have gone enough that the people in the group look for me.  Its a nice feeling to be apart of something.  Meeting new people is always a plus and they can help keep you motivated.

There is a little old man in my aqua fit class that looks for me every week.  Although he drives me slightly nutty telling me that I am doing all the exercises wrong I look forward to seeing him.  As a side note I am doing the exercises right and he is usually on the wrong exercise which is why he things I am doing them wrong…LOL

3. Take your workout outsideI usually try to spend most of my time outside doing my workouts.  I even drag my weights to the back porch so I can get lots of fresh air.  Sometimes the change of scenery is just what you need to mix things up a bit.

4.  Try a new machine-  There are times when I am forced to workout at home or at the gym on a machine so I like to try to different machines.  I like to alternate between the treadmill, elliptical, and my rowing machine.    Now don’t limit yourself there are tons of machines at the gym that you can use or you can ditch the machines and lift some weights.

5. Bring a friend–  I usually workout solo for the most part but on Wednesday’s and Thursday my best friend and I meet up to do a couple of fitness classes.  Having a friend helps to break things up and it gives us a chance to catch up.   A friend will also help to keep you motivated because they are close to you and care about you reaching your goals.

6. Dance the night away–  Now as a single mom I don’t get out nearly enough but every so often I like to ditch the conventional workout for a night on the down just to go dancing.  Dancing is a great way to burn calories and have fun with a group of friends or your spouse.

7. Train for the zombie apocalypseYep you hear right!  When I am stuck in the house with just my elliptical and rowing machine I usually pop in a zombie flick and pretend that I am one of the characters and the only thing that is going to save my life is if I get moving.  I use this little trick to do intervals.  When ever you see a zombie on the screen its time to kick into high gear and all other times is when you take a bit of a break and go at a normal pace.  I always have a ton of fun when I workout this way.

Daily Steps

I upped my steps by 1984 steps from yesterday to today.  Check that out its the year I was born!!!

mixing it up

What I Ate

what I ate day 18

Grilled Shrimp in a low carb tortilla and avocado slices

 

As you can see below I got a little carb, protein, sodium happy.  I am a work in progress I am determined to get it in control.
Jun 4 meal

june 4 total

The Workout

In the spirit of this post I decided that mixing it up would be great so I decided to do an Aqua Fit class at my local YMCA.  Try a new workout today maybe a zumba class something fun to get the heart rate up.  If your like me and want something a bit low impact then workout in the pool is a great option.

How do you keep things fresh so that you don’t get bored with your workouts?

 

 

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72 Comments on 7 Ways to Beat Workout Boredom Day 17 of 100

  1. Tiffany Hathorn
    June 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM (1 year ago)

    #7 sounds like a fun thing to do. I actually want to do the Zombie Run one year. Not sure if I would survive it, though. Lol!

  2. Michelle F.
    June 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM (1 year ago)

    Those are some great tips. I like to try new machines at the gym. I found that I like the elliptical a lot better than the treadmill.

  3. Kungphoo
    June 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM (1 year ago)

    Cardio is so boring, but i must do it.. so like you mentioned i change up that machine every few weeks.

  4. Paula Parker
    June 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM (1 year ago)

    I love putting on music and dancing around the house. I can do it forever, it seems! Great list!

  5. Bella Vida Letty
    June 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM (1 year ago)

    These are great tips. My favorite it too dance. I love dancing.

  6. Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt)
    June 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM (1 year ago)

    Completely agree about #1 and #2
    I also like to try new workout videos and I never feel guilty if I only use them once or twice.

  7. Jessica
    June 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM (1 year ago)

    Great ideas. I find that working out with a friend is very helpful to me!

  8. Alexandra McAllister
    June 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM (1 year ago)

    These are all great tips, especially taking it outside! It’s so beautiful now why not! When I go for walks in the woods with my 2 little dogs, I sometimes take time to exercise a bit. They look at me weird! LOL! You are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  9. Louida
    June 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM (1 year ago)

    LOL at #7! That shrimp tortilla looks very yummy, it’s making me hungry!

  10. Mrs. Mashed Up
    June 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM (1 year ago)

    I haven’t been dancing in forever!! What a good idea… and a good excuse too! lol

  11. Anna
    June 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM (1 year ago)

    Great tips. I should really join some classes.

  12. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon
    June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM (1 year ago)

    these are great tips and take it from me bringing a friend helps keep both of you motivated for sure :)

  13. Yona Williams
    June 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM (1 year ago)

    Ooo – those avocado slices look very tasty. I love dancing for exercise, especially when I can multi-task. I like cooking and preparing dinner while listening to my ipod, and dancing while I do it.

  14. stacey
    June 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM (1 year ago)

    Great tips! I really need to get in the habit of in-cooperating these in my daily life

  15. Heather
    June 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM (1 year ago)

    I find the right tunes definitely help me stay in the mood to work out. I love upbeat stuff!

  16. Meredith@MommyAtoZ
    June 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM (1 year ago)

    OMG I love the Zombie Apocalypse idea! I’m going to try working out in front of a Walking Dead marathon :)

  17. Ralff Dizon
    June 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM (1 year ago)

    This is a great tips. Music and Dancing, a really great idea.

  18. Janice Brady
    June 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM (1 year ago)

    Some great info. But I would have to work out to use some of them

  19. LaTonya Lewis
    June 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM (1 year ago)

    My workout only consists of walking right now but as I step it up this will really come in handy, Thanks for sharing

  20. michele d
    June 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM (1 year ago)

    Number 7 is something I would do.. I would be running right with you… Zombies are scary!!

  21. Amy Desrosiers
    June 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM (1 year ago)

    Yum, that grilled shrimp and avocado looks great!! I love your tips to burn calories!

  22. katrina G
    June 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM (1 year ago)

    you are doing great. what great food.

  23. Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM
    June 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM (1 year ago)

    I love to dance and to incorporate that into any exercise. I don’t like machines much so back in the day when I used to work out lol , I did cross fit. And I love avocado, of course! :)

  24. Mary Ann
    June 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM (1 year ago)

    Great advice to train for the zombie apocalypse! Ha, that made me smile!

  25. Martinus
    June 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM (1 year ago)

    I love #7 Train for the zombie apocalypse…That’s pretty funny

  26. R U S S
    June 11, 2014 at 9:45 PM (1 year ago)

    Nos. 1 and 3 always work for me + getting a new pair of kettlebells :)
    You’re on MyFitnessPal, too?

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM (1 year ago)

      Yeah I am on myfitnesspal you can friend me. My username is msvip213

  27. Rubbie Anne Abad
    June 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM (1 year ago)

    They are all so true!!! Yes, bring a friend! haha

  28. Liz Mays
    June 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM (1 year ago)

    Your zombie trick is cracking me up! That’s a pretty unique way to exercise, but fun!

  29. Kristin
    June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM (1 year ago)

    I just bought a bunch of barre classes so I could switch things up!

  30. Franc Ramon
    June 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM (1 year ago)

    A new outfit can really excite you to work out and so does the scenic outdoors.

  31. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    June 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM (1 year ago)

    I work outside on my deck a lot. But I find that I end up getting bothered by my neighbors when I do that LOL.

  32. Farrah
    June 12, 2014 at 2:08 AM (1 year ago)

    I love your tips! I wish I could join a fitness class, but we live far from towns. :(

  33. Kay Adeola
    June 12, 2014 at 3:11 AM (1 year ago)

    These are great tips.I would not be able to stick to this without getting bored so these are some great things to keep me going.One day i will give it all a go (I always say that lol).

  34. katrina G
    June 12, 2014 at 6:39 AM (1 year ago)

    always great ideas, thank you for sharing

  35. Crystal Green
    June 12, 2014 at 6:46 AM (1 year ago)

    Anything dealing with swimming and walking I’m game for. I do enjoy dancing too, but I really honestly have two left feet. These are some great tips.

  36. Debbie Jean McMullen
    June 12, 2014 at 7:36 AM (1 year ago)

    thanks for the great ideas! Im having trouble working out lately with my 5 month old who doesnt sleep – but I keep my weights in the kitchen and fit it in whenever I can – hopefully its going to make a difference until I have more time!

  37. Jennifer Williams
    June 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM (1 year ago)

    Those are great tips, I am one that does not like going to the gym so to change my workout, I pick a new location. I run so it is easy to just head somewhere new for different views.

  38. Adrienne
    June 12, 2014 at 8:51 AM (1 year ago)

    I love these ideas! I too get bored easily. I hate repetitive stuff…but I’m getting back into better health care by exercising more. Thanks for the tips! Hope this will stick! :-)

  39. Alysia
    June 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM (1 year ago)

    The zombie idea is hilarious!! lol
    It’s also an excellent one! I’m going to try it. Normally I put on some music channel full of scantily clad chicks that look much better for motivation. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I just don’t want to see that and avoid doing it – great alternative for me!
    Thanks :)

    Alysia, from the Dish
    http://www.mydomesticdish.com

  40. Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell
    June 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM (1 year ago)

    LOL!! I love #7 on your list :) Super creative!

  41. Pam
    June 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM (1 year ago)

    Trying a new fitness class always gets me energized and back into the workout groove!

  42. Aleshea Dominique
    June 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM (1 year ago)

    That meal looks so good and is making me hungry.

  43. Kathy
    June 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM (1 year ago)

    All great ideas! I love working out in a group with CrossFit but I also love running and just being by myself. You gotta try different things to see what works :)

  44. April Smith Decheine
    June 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM (1 year ago)

    Great tips, my fave is buying new workout clothes, it totally motivates me. I love my fitbit too, it gets me competitive.

  45. Celebteenlaundry
    June 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM (1 year ago)

    All of them sound interesting, but I’d prefer to train myself for the zombie apocalypse; I’d rather be safe than sorry.

  46. Ann Bacciaglia
    June 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM (1 year ago)

    I love reading your posts. They are always so positive! Thank you for sharing so much to us.

  47. becca
    June 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM (1 year ago)

    Great tips for staying interested in your workout and not getting bored.

  48. The Chef's Wife | Anne @TheSatEvePot
    June 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM (1 year ago)

    I love these ideas!! Favorite though … #1. Anytime I can have an excuse to buy new clothes, I’m THERE! 😉

  49. krystalskitsch
    June 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM (1 year ago)

    I’d be up for a dance party to get creative with my workouts! Great ideas.

  50. Prototype Mama
    June 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM (1 year ago)

    These are all great tips! Dancing always helps me.

  51. Amber NElson
    June 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM (1 year ago)

    Music definitely does it for me. Singing, dancing, etc.

  52. Kristen
    June 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM (1 year ago)

    I am all about the workout classes! Body pump is addicting!

  53. Michelle
    June 13, 2014 at 1:59 AM (1 year ago)

    I love to dance around the house with my kids.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM (1 year ago)

      My son and I have midnight dance parties in the back yard.

  54. Triplezmom
    June 13, 2014 at 6:37 AM (1 year ago)

    I usually read while I’m on most of my cardio machines, so I never get bored. I love my workout time! But this is good advice.

  55. jane
    June 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM (1 year ago)

    thinking about zombie apocalypse always works for me when i run haha i love watching zombie movies so i guess i am already preapring myself

  56. Mama to 5 BLessings
    June 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM (1 year ago)

    I hate exercising because I do get bored, these are great suggestions!

  57. Fabulous Perks
    June 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM (1 year ago)

    These are all amazing tips! Working out with my husband is so much more fun than when I do it by myself. Working out with a partner works for me.

  58. Rosey
    June 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM (1 year ago)

    I workout at home now, but when I was at a gym I liked changing up the machines too. I never did try a rowing machine, in fact I’m not sure my gym had one. I’d like to try one though.

  59. Amanda
    June 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM (1 year ago)

    I love working out by dancing! Even if it is around the house! My son and I will put some music on and have a ‘dance party!’

  60. Curby Aardvark
    June 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM (1 year ago)

    What makes working out so much fun for me is pushing myself very hard, I make sure I destroy myself!

  61. Liz Mays
    June 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM (1 year ago)

    I mostly use videos, so I just have A LOT of them, a heck of a lot. I change every day.

  62. Natalie
    June 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM (1 year ago)

    This is all good if you actually go to the gym, but my husband we have our gym in the backyard, like a legit 24×24 building, it’s a working progress, but we have gym stuff in there, currently there’s no AC and it’s been humid, so I just don’t waste my time. I stick to cardio inside with videos and such.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM (1 year ago)

      I have gym equipment at the house. I do a ton of workouts at home buy I also belong to two different gyms and I switch them up so I can see new people.

  63. Embrace @ Embracing The Good Life
    June 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM (1 year ago)

    I used to do #1 whenever I reached a small goal and it would make me feel so proud of myself! Now I’ve got to say #7 is pretty original and I love the idea!!!

  64. Nikki
    June 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM (1 year ago)

    I love your idea about training for the zombie apocalypse! Maybe if I start acting like my life depends on being in better shape, I’d be better at it.

  65. Ann Bacciaglia
    June 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM (1 year ago)

    I love the idea of buying new workout clothes. Works for me everytime.

  66. Marielle Altenor
    June 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM (1 year ago)

    Those are some really good ideas! The few times I was able to stick to my work out is when I used to go to the gym with my sister!

  67. Payal Bansal
    June 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM (1 year ago)

    Calling a friend always help me… BTW nice tips, havnt tried anything else yet, but I am sure will be needing these tips soon … lol