Does exercise really have to be mind-numbingly boring?!
Exercise – Pleasure or Chore?
Yep, today we are looking at why does exercise really have to be mind-numbingly boring?
Ah exercise, it can be a bit like brushing your teeth at the end of the day. You know it’s important, but you really wouldn’t mind if someone told you that you never had to do it ever again.
Well, that might how we choose to perceive exercise, health and fitness. When you think about exercising, are you thinking about the same handful of routines that you repeat over and over again?
If that’s the case or if you’re just looking to mix it up a bit, then find out how we have answered the question – does exercise have to be so boring?
You might be doing too much of it
First things first, working out is working smart.
You might be one of the many people who believe they have to do at least half an hour cardio every day in order to get results. If this is true for you then it’s no wonder you are considering why exercise is so boring.
The first thing you need to do is to reduce the time you spend on cardio but increase the intensity.
Increase your exercise intensity
Try interval training on the treadmill. Do 20 seconds of sprinting with 20 seconds of rest for 10 minutes and see if you are sweating more than usual!
Imagine doing 30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week for a year of your life!!
Join a Class
Some people are obsessed by their habits, if you have been hitting the treadmill doing some light weights then going home for the past 2 years then I have to tell you, that IS boring!
Why not mix it up by trying something different in a class, whether it be:
- dance (my personal favourite – try and tell me breakdancing is boring!)
- martial arts
Learning and developing a new skill can break up the old routine and also help introduce you to some likeminded people. There’s a reason those people are in there sweating away in the company of others rather than running on the treadmill again.
The dreaded word…
CrossFit often gets a bad rep from some select ‘practitioners’ videos with questionable form and the inevitable keyboard warriors backlash online. But there are actually some great CrossFit gyms and instructors across the world who are doing really beneficial work.
To try something really different from your usual workout routine, why not give CrossFit a go?
If you think exercise is boring then you might enjoy the benefits of CrossFit
It is varied with many different exercises each time you go. There is also the group element, if you’re the competitive type then you can compete against you better results, as well as against those in your group!
Many people do CrossFit alongside their workout so you get the best of both a strength and cardio workout as well as concentrating solely on a muscle workout.
It is sure way to answer no ‘does exercise really have to be mind-numbingly boring?’
The great thing about CrossFit it there is a real sense of community whilst you are in there. There’s something about the gym that can be quite solitary at times, where CrossFit is often done in groups where people encourage one another so you’re held accountable and it isn’t as easy to skip a set or give up when you know you can do more…
That’s right, not only a good motivator but finding someone to hold you accountable is also a great way to ensure that you stay at it. More than just letting yourself down you have someone who might not take no for an answer.
Also on those rainy days when you don’t feel like leaving the house that pushy friend might be what you need to get you out of the door.
It’s also beneficial when you are in the gym as having someone there to spot you means you can add on more weight with confidence and push yourself to the max without the fear of ending up in a gym fails viral video on Facebook!
Take your dog for a
Ok, this only applies to those with a pooch – I’m not asking anyone to borrow or steal one here! Taking your dog out and putting him or her through their paces by picking up the pace a little is a good way of getting exercise.
Not everyone recommends raising your heartbeat too much but to counter that you will need to go on a longer walk to feel and see the benefit.
Not only is this good for you but it’s good for the dog, everyone needs a bit of exercise.
Does exercise really have to be mind-numbingly boring? – Go Easy on Yourself
So many people focus on the end goal and that’s what puts them off exercise or what makes it seem boring. A lot of people confuse not seeing immediate results with something not working and make excuses like they find all the exercise boring.
Enjoy the journey
You’ve all heard the cliché sayings: “It’s about the journey” or “My destination is the journey”
But if all you’re focusing on is your destination, then it’s difficult to enjoy yourself in the present. Don’t be so hard on yourself, take some time to appreciate the tiny, little improvements and the way they make you feel.
Appreciate the compliments from people who notice you’ve changed instead of telling yourself and them that you’ve still got a long way to go.
Allow yourself to enjoy how great it feels to eat better quality food and truly experience how energized you feel with a good pump after an intense workout.
To wrap this up, Does exercise really have to be mind-numbingly boring? Of course it doesn’t.
We wish you well on your journey to becoming a #cleanleanmachine
Professional b-boy (breakdancer) and all-round health, fitness, weightlifting, calisthenics, climbing and movement addict since childhood! Raised by health and nutrition obsessed parents, he’s keen to research and question everything. Oliver absolutely loves learning, optimizing and improving himself and his performance and has a passion for helping others to achieve the same!