Your body can get bored just like your mind. Think you might be stuck in the exercise doldrums? Check out these warning signs, as well as strategies for change.
You Might Be Bored with Your Exercise If:
1) You feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
A “rut” is defined as “a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.” Does this describe your exercise routine?
2) You’re making excuses about why you don’t need to exercise today.
3) You’ve hit a plateau and haven’t noticed any new, positive changes in your body.
For example, if you decide to use the treadmill but never change how you exercise on it, your body will “catch up” to the demand you placed on it with the treadmill and eventually get bored.
4) The number on your scale hasn’t changed in a while.
>> These are all signs you need a change and quick!
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Exercise Is Stress — and That’s a Good Thing
Exercise is a stress we put on our bodies that should be above our normal daily routine. If we do this consistently, our bodies eventually try to adapt to this stress or demand that we placed on them. This adaptation that occurs is the progress we feel when our stamina, strength, and endurance start to increase.
There are three principles that must be used together in order for all of this to happen:
- Frequency. There has to be frequent exercise sessions that challenge our bodies in order for it to change. If there are long periods of time between exercise sessions, our bodies will not see a need to adapt to this. The standard for exercise frequency is 4-6 days weekly.
- Intensity. You need to push yourself above your normal daily activity. Remember exercise is a stress and that extra stress is what our bodies try to adapt to.
- Time. This is the period that we put the demand on our bodies to be challenged. The standard for time is 30-45 minutes of exercise above normal daily activity.
Three Simple Ways to Battle Exercise Boredom
#1 – Switch Up the Routine
I’m sure you have heard the old saying, “Variety is the spice of life.” That same way of thinking also holds true for exercise. So, if you’ve been doing the same old thing for a while, find some ways to switch it up.
Like workout videos? Borrow some new ones from the library.
Use workout equipment? Try free weights or exercise bands, which are very affordable. You can also alternate days with a walk or run. Plus, at a gym like Mercy Health & Fitness in North Canton, you can choose from a wide range of equipment options, which are ideal for the non-traditional exerciser, and our specialists can show you how to get the most out of them safely.
#2 – Switch Up the Three Principles of Exercise Adaptation
If you change one of the three principles I mentioned above every time you exercise, you will keep yourself and, more importantly, your body from becoming stagnant.
For example, if you walk on a treadmill, change the speed, elevation, or amount of time every exercise session. One day walk at a faster pace but for a shorter period of time. The next day walk slower but for a longer period of time. After that, walk with a 5% incline at a moderate pace. Then, add more days, if necessary.
#3 – Listen to Your Body and Mind
Pick an activity you enjoy and stick with it. If you find yourself getting bored, that’s just your body and mind saying it’s time for an adjustment. Change how you exercise every time you do something and you will be more prone to staying motivated and not giving up.
Are you a non-traditional exerciser who needs a little help with workout motivation? Contact Mercy Health & Fitness and request a consultation with one of our exercise specialists.