How To Prevent Boredom In Your Workouts

A year ago I was bored with exercise. I had done the same exercise video series for 8 consecutive years and I was losing motivation. With COVID-19 and quarantine just in its infancy, the last thing I felt like continuing was the same video series again.

 

I tried walking on my treadmill. I tried walking outside. I tried lifting weights. I became really frustrated because not only was I bored, but my fitness had plateaued. I gained 12 pounds because I was eating the same amount of food even though I was not exercising as consistently or intensely as previously.

 

I was in a rut.

 

Have you ever been in a rut?

Have you ever felt like you should be doing more yet don’t really know what to do?

 

That was me. And, what made it worse was that I was super motivated in creating exercise plans for my patients. I had endless ideas for them and they were having fun plus getting the results they wanted with the exercise programs I was creating for them.

 

But, when it came to creating a plan for me, I was lost. I knew my weaknesses already: tight shoulders and neck muscles, weak upper body muscles, weak back and butt muscles, and tired and tight legs. I knew the exercises I needed to do but I had absolutely no desire to do them. I had been doing them and it was getting me nowhere!

 

You see, that’s what happens when you do the same exercises all the time. Your muscles develop memory and your body just starts going through the motions instead of getting a good workout.

 

I struggled with this for a few months until I decided to join an online fitness program. 

 

It was fantastic!

 

I didn’t have to think about anything! For 21 days, I followed both the fitness and the food plans.

 

I finally felt rejuvenated!

 

Not only did I feel stronger and more flexible, but I also lost 5 pounds, my clothes felt looser, and I had more energy throughout the day.

 

Flash forward to present day where I’ve consistently continued different online workout programs: I’ve lost 10 pounds, have more energy, sleep better, and feel a lot stronger throughout my entire body.

 

My body feels better balanced with its strength and flexibility. My neck tightness has significantly decreased. And, most importantly, I’m having fun with fitness and food again!

 

I finally realized the common denominator between my patients having success with the programs I created for them and my success with my online fitness and food plans.

 

What is it?

 

The common denominator  = Done For You!

 

That’s right! We have to think about so many different things all day long. We make decisions all day about work projects, school assignments, appointments, grocery shopping lists - you name it, we have to make a decision.

 

When something is done for us to the point where we don’t have to think about it, it is refreshing!

 

It’s like, YES! I can just follow the plan and be done with it!

 

30-minute workout = Check!

Shower = Check!

10-minute meal-prep = Check!

Eat = Check!

Out the door = Check!

 

Yep. I can check all of that off my to-do list and be done!

 

Feels good, doesn’t?

 

If you are bored with your workouts...

If you lack motivation…

If you got off track and want to get back on track but aren’t sure how...

 

Then I recommend you change things up a bit!

Do something different!

Try something different!

 

For me, I tried online fitness because I could buy into one subscription with multiple options so I don’t get bored any time soon.

 

For you, it may be joining a group fitness class, trying cycling instead of running, or taking golf lessons. 

 

Whatever it might be, switch what you are doing and get moving!

Sitting around doing nothing doesn’t do you or your body any good. It’s also not good for your mental health. Exercise is medicine for your bones, muscles, heart, and brain.

 

If you aren’t sure what to do to change things up or if you need a little inspirational, motivation, and accountability, I encourage you to join my free Facebook group The Real Healthy U. This group is about helping families achieve their best health together. 

 

We encourage each other.

We challenge each other.

And, we try to have a lot of fun along the way!

 

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Jeanette

 

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