Can you remember how excited you were when you got your new and shiny exercise equipment? You were so wrapped up with it all you promised yourself you would use it every single day. But it did not take long for you to be sick and tired of pedaling or walking and getting nowhere and the very thought of exercising now fills you with dread. Well, do not despair. There are ways to make your workouts more interesting and here are a few tips of how to do just that.
First of all, put some music on. This will help to raise your enthusiasm. Let’s face it, there is nothing like an upbeat tune to get you moving. You can always warm up and cool down to slow tunes and build up to a crescendo for the main part of your training. For a variation of music simply listen to your favorite CD or tune into your local radio station.
If music is really not your thing you could try audio books. They can be a great way to pass the time whilst exercising. You never know, you may even begin to look forward to your exercising sessions if you are really enjoying the book!
Another way to get on with your workout is to watch the television at the same time. Exercise whilst watching your favorite show or stop and start a movie over a period of a few days and you will soon settle down to regular workouts again. A good idea is to make the TV out of limits except for when you are exercising – this is sure to give you the motivation you need.
You can use the time during your fitness regime to catch you on your phone calls. Of course, you would need to wear a head set to do this. It also helps if the person on the other end of the phone knows you are exercising – just so they know what all the heavy breathing is about!
If you are fortunate enough to have a great view from the windows of your house, then why not do your workout in a position where you can gaze outside? Looking at the scenery or watching the wildlife is sure to distract you from the tedium of exercise.
While you are performing your exercise, try a little meditation. Focus on your body and clear your mind. You will appreciate the way you move more and become aware of your form. Exercising your body and your mind at the same time has great benefits.
Your workout is a great time for brainstorming. Make a note on paper (but not whilst you are on the treadmill, obviously!) of any ideas which come to mind about things you need to do or solutions to current problems you are facing.
There are specially designed desks available to accommodate your laptop whilst using exercising equipment and although you would probably not be able to do much typing, you could do tasks such as checking your emails or looking at websites.
So, there is no reason to allow your exercise equipment to become obsolete because you are bored with it. It’s up to you to make your workouts interesting once more.