Do You Suffer From Workout Boredom? Try These Tips – SWEAT

7 Ways To Keep Exercise Fun And Beat Workout Boredom

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7 Ways To Keep Exercise Fun And Beat Workout Boredom
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If you’ve ever felt bored mid-workout, you’re definitely not alone. We’ve all been there! Sometimes no matter how much you mix up your exercise routine, some days it can feel harder to get moving than others. 

Two years into the pandemic, it’s not surprising if you’re struggling with motivation or if your routine is feeling a bit like Groundhog Day. Seriously, if you’ve kept up any sort of exercise routine over the past few years, you already deserve a medal! 

The ongoing challenges of lockdowns, being apart from friends and family, working or schooling from home, or experiencing personal loss, can take their toll and leave you with pandemic fatigue. This can show up as emotional lows, anxiety, lack of motivation, physical symptoms such as tiredness, headaches or reduced appetite, or even difficulties getting your work done.

If this sounds like you, it’s important to get adequate rest and not put too much pressure on yourself, while taking care of your body and mind as much as you can with healthy foods and exercise you truly enjoy.

Regardless of what’s going on in your life or what stage of your fitness journey you’re at, it’s perfectly normal to experience workout boredom in the exact same way you might get sick of eating the same dinner every night. It’s never something to beat yourself up about. The key is knowing what to do about it. 

Exercise should also be a way to honour and celebrate your body - something that leaves you feeling energised and alive. If it has become something you dread or it feels like a chore, it’s time to shake things up! 

Our top boredom-busting tips to help you break through a workout rut

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1. Switch up your environment

One of the easiest ways to add some variety to your routine is to change where you exercise. If you’re used to working out in your lounge room or garage, try setting up outside. 

If you’re a gym-goer, try a different area or new machine. Simply changing your surroundings can go a long way in making your routine feel new and exciting again.

Remember, living an active lifestyle is about so much more than your workouts. Use movement as a way to explore your city or neighbourhood on foot, by bike, or head to the beach and enjoy the water! 

2. Change up your schedule

Everyone’s calendar looks different, but if your schedule allows for some flexibility, try working out at a different time of day

Although getting into a consistent routine is a great way to hardwire healthy habits, research shows that novelty and new experiences can activate the “pleasure centres” of the brain and cause a rush of the feel-good chemical, dopamine. Without those dopamine spikes, staying interested in anything for a long time might become a challenge. 

Similar to changing your environment, mixing up your routine can help to create that sense of novelty. If you’re going to a gym at a different time, you’re also bound to see a new bunch of faces.

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3. Think back to your childhood

When you were younger, staying active was part of having fun! Cast your mind back to when you were a child or teenager, and think about the activities you did for fun - the ones where you completely lost track of time. Perhaps it was dance classes, playing in a sports team, rollerblading, kicking a ball, swimming, or riding your bike. 

You can either try those activities again, or try to channel that child-like energy of play into your current routine. If you have young kids, try the monkey bars next time you’re at the playground! 

4. Try something totally new 

To really kick your boredom to the curb, try something you’ve never done before. Are you a seasoned weight-lifter? Give boxing a go. Used to doing HIIT every week? Try Pilates, barre or yoga

It’s natural for your brain to crave new, more interesting stimuli, and trying a different exercise style can be incredibly refreshing or push you out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be a beginner again.

“I would get incredibly bored without variety within my week,” says FIERCE trainer Chontel Duncan. “This is why you will always see a large mix of different concepts and formats within all my programming. It’s what helps promote adherence and instill a healthy relationship with exercise.”

If you’re already doing a program in the Sweat app, you can change it at any time by tapping on the avatar icon in the top right corner. You can also add some variety to your week by picking something new from the On Demand tab. Not sure where to start? Try one of these 10 quick workouts the Sweat Community love.

5. Set a new goal 

Sometimes the reason for workout boredom is a lack of challenge or clear direction. Perhaps you’ve been doing the same program for a while, your workouts are starting to feel easy or you’ve reached a fitness plateau

First off, that’s great! You should feel proud of your progress and commitment. To continue to push yourself, it’s time to set a new goal that feels challenging and exciting. 

This could be completing a brand new program, doing an unassisted pull-up, a longer plank hold, a new record of burpees in 60 seconds, improved flexibility, or hitting a new personal best on your weighted back squat. Having something to aim towards can give you a new burst of motivation. 

If you thrive on deadlines and want to be held accountable to your goals, you could even sign up for a cycling or running race, or complete a fitness challenge!

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6. Make it social

Humans are social creatures by nature, and having a workout buddy can take the fun of working out from zero to 100 in a flash. Start by asking your friends, family or colleagues if they would be keen to join you, mention it on social media, or put the feelers out to the amazing Sweat Community.

For Chontel, working out with people is super important. “I get bored when I don't have a good playlist or workout buddy," she says.

"I thrive off working out with others; this is why I plan ahead of time, trying my best to plan as many sessions as possible with friends and family."

Even if your buddy doesn’t live nearby or Covid-19 restrictions mean you can’t meet up in person, you can still Sweat together via a video call! 

7. Make a new playlist 

There’s nothing like an old playlist to quickly kill your workout motivation. Take some time to put together the perfect playlist for you, by choosing tracks that energise you, match the energy of your workout, and have a similar tempo to your movements. 

You can easily select your own playlists through the Sweat app, or choose from one of the playlists our trainers have curated just for you!

"When I get bored, I find small ways to switch up my routine - whether that be listening to new music, working out in a new location, inviting a friend to join me (virtually or in person) or trying a new kind of workout all together. I always encourage people to be creative with their workouts to keep it interesting,” says barre trainer Britany Williams

“While we Sweat trainers have put together varied workout plans, that doesn’t mean that some days you can’t throw some spice in yourself. Make the squats a squat jump or do sprints outside between sets or my personal favorite - put on your favorite music and have a personal dance party during the 60 seconds rest between videos! If your workout isn’t fun, it's not the right workout!"

Do you have any tips for beating workout boredom when it strikes? Let us know in the comments!

* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.

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