We all know that exercise is good for us, but there are times when even the biggest fitness fanatics among us can feel bored when working up a sweat, which can make you a lot less motivated to get moving. If your workout is missing the fun factor, here are six ways to get more enjoyment out of your exercise regimen when it is feeling a bit dull.
6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WORKOUT MORE FUN
1) TURN ON THE TUNES AND PUMP UP THE VOLUME!
No matter what activity you choose—walking, running, cycling, climbing, or lifting weights— music helps keep you motivated while you exercise. Did you know that listening to music while exercising can increase your endurance by 15 percent? This was a finding that researchers at Brunel University discovered among a group of joggers in a study published in 2008.
Start by choosing upbeat music. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, when the music’s tempo slowed, the subjects’ exertion level reduced as well. When the tempo was increased, their performance followed suit. Considering that as we age we tend to slow down, you can ramp up your walk speed by listening to music as you walk.
Then switch up your music and pace. Researchers at Ohio State University found that walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace. During your walk, including a few minutes during which you accelerate and decelerate your brisk walk. You can prepare a playlist based on beats per minute. Since the beat of your music can also affect how you synchronize your workout, search for music by beats per minute (BPM). Use these suggested guidelines to help you create your playlists:
Warm-up: 110 to 130 BPM Strength exercises or Pilates workouts: 110 to 140 BPM Endurance, speed, and agility exercises: 130 to 150 BPM Aerobics, dance, or boxing: 140 to 160 BPM Stretching: 90 to 100 BPM
2) EXERCISE WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.
When exercising with a partner you’re less likely to get bored since you’ll be catching up, having a laugh, and encouraging each other, all while getting healthier. It’s a win-win. But the biggest bonus of working out with a partner is that it increases your accountability. This is important as consistency in your workouts is the key to successful results. You are less likely to cancel your workout when your buddy is waiting for you.
3) JOIN A GROUP FITNESS CLASS.
When your usual regimen is feeling blah, joining a group can stir up some excitement. From goat yoga to aerial fitness and bungee Pilates to spinning, the list is endless. Plus, getting to know people in group fitness classes can give you something to look forward to. You can share your successes and your struggles with each other.
4) GET A PERSONAL TRAINER.
Hiring a trainer can give you the reset mental and physical that you need during this rut. If hiring a personal trainer is too expensive, try a day or week pass from a gym and check out the available trainers. Look for one who shares your interests or workout style—it can be the push you need to get you returning to the gym consistently. Knowing that you are working out correctly, safely, getting that personalized attention, and building a new routine can make it inspiring for you.
5) GET A FITNESS TRACKER.
I personally love my fitness tracker. It feels so good hitting your daily step goal and being reminded to move your body hourly. The social aspect of trackers is motivating too because you can set up fitness challenges with friends and family. Also, tracking offers a set of metrics that help you understand where you’re improving or where you need extra attention.
6) TRY A NEW PIECE OF WORKOUT EQUIPMENT.
Technology has changed exercise. Fitness equipment manufacturers are constantly innovating new products, and health clubs routinely upgrade to the latest, state-of-the-art equipment that is easier to use and gentler on your body, They can track your workout and even stream workouts with celebrity trainers. And with new machines that are more compact, you can also consider investing in one for home use even if you have a small space for your home gym...