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5 Tips to Overcome Workout Boredom

April 28, 2021

woman tying shoelaces at gym to get ready to workout

You are on track with your fitness lifestyle, but are you suddenly no longer getting that excitement or joy from working out? If so, then you are facing workout boredom.

Workout boredom affects our ability to improve our fitness goals. Unfortunately, workout boredom happens to everyone, including beginners and people who have been working out for years.

The good news is that there are different techniques to help you overcome boredom and get back on track with your workout routine. Here is how:

Learn a New Skill, Have Fun Workouts

Many people exercise for either fitness or health reasons. However, those motives may make working out feel like a chore. To prevent this feeling, we recommend complementing your workout with something you love once per week. Here are some examples:

  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Dancing lessons
  • Sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc.)

Activities like this will also challenge you to learn a new skill and keep workout boredom away.

Make It Social

One of the best ways to beat workout boredom is by socializing.

Your perspective will change from seeing working out as a chore to seeing it as a social gathering. If you are competitive, you can even engage in fun bets or challenges with your friends.

Another option to socialize while working out is to get a personal trainer. A perk of getting a trainer is that they will encourage and motivate you during your workout.

Another way of socializing while working out is by signing up for a fitness class. This way, you’ll be able to make new friends who share your fitness goals.

Engage in a Mindful Workout

When you work out, do you notice your mind wandering somewhere else? Perhaps you even start thinking that you would rather be doing something different? If the answer is yes, then practicing a mindful workout can help.

In a mindful workout, you put your whole focus on being present by:

  • Being aware of how your body feels. While exercising, think about what muscles you are working out and analyze your breathing rate.
  • Bringing awareness to your movements. While working out, think about how you can improve your technique in each exercise.

In short, by working out mindfully, you’ll be living in the moment and avoiding distractions and boredom thoughts.

Don’t Quit, Slow Down

You may think boredom is making you want to quit your workout, so why would you consider slowing down? Hear us out:

Have you noticed that when you take vacations, you become more productive and happier at your job? Something very similar happens with workout routines. However, rather than taking a break, we recommend slowing down. You can either cut down your exercise routine’s intensity or time. For example, if you do a one-hour workout, do 30 minutes instead, but avoid skipping days.

By slowing down in your routine, you’ll give your body and mind the opportunity to rest.

We don’t recommend taking an entire vacation from working out because you’ll have to put in the mental and physical effort to build the habit again.

Eventually, you’ll have the motivation to level up in your workout again, and boredom will be gone.

Try Music and Switch it Up

Music is so powerful that it can help us change our state of mind. Therefore, listening to songs that synchronize with your workout’s intensity can prevent workout boredom. Also, music can help us to increase our workout duration.

We recommend switching up your playlist from time to time. As a result, you’ll avoid getting used to listening to the same songs every day.

Find out more fitness and nutrition tips at Z.E.N. Foods’ Wellness Blog. You can also find a healthy diet that can complement your exercise routine here. For more information, please reach out to us at (310) 205-9368!

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