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Excuse Buster #3: ‘Exercising is boring’

By Emma Price in Gym - 17/12/2013

Exercise is only boring if you are not enjoying what you are doing.

You need to find something that makes you feel alive! Something that leaves sweat on your brow and a smile on your face. People often forget that working out in the gym isn’t the only fitness option available to them. If you are glancing at the timer on the treadmill, desperate for it to be over, with each leg seemingly heavier and heavier with every stride you make... perhaps it’s time to vary your exercise.

There are numerous possibilities like fitness classes, sports clubs, swimming sessions, and dance classes that can all be mixed throughout the week to keep your workouts varied and interesting.

Working out with a group of people is by far more motivating than pedalling away in the corner on your own. Have you considered a group fitness class? Instead of dreading your gym workouts you can look forward to a fun hour of exercise. They are led by professionals (so you don’t have to worry about planning ahead) and you’ll probably meet some great friends there too.

If this really doesn’t take your fancy, what about finding a workout buddy? Not only will arranging to meet with your buddy force you to stick to your sessions, you’ll also motivate each other and ultimately have more fun!

Leisure centres are also a great place to join a sports team. With sports like 5-a-side and Back to Netball, there’s no pressure to be an elite player, just get yourself down to the centre with your kit on and start improving your fitness straight away.

Of course, you can simply vary your gym workout to reignite your interest. Talking to a gym instructor is a key part of producing a workout that helps towards your fitness goals and 6-weekly reviews are an excellent tool to take advantage of to make sure you keep it varied and exiting.

  • Take a friend with you to a workout- you’ll keep one another motivated!
  • Get a personalised plan that is varied and that suits your interests
  • Try group fitness!