Trying New Things to Keep Exercising Fun
I love to exercise, but even I get bored sometimes doing the same training over and over. This is especially true when I train for longer distance races. To train for a half marathon takes a minimum of eight weeks, depending on my base, and requires a lot of longer runs. While I enjoy running, when it feels like something I HAVE to do, not something I WANT to do, I tend to grow aggravated. Tired. Bored.
For that reason I have made it a point this year to try new things in order to keep working out fun, new, and exciting. I don’t want to grow bored with exercise. I know it is good for me; I just have to make it – and keep it – fun!
Here are a few of the things I have done –and you can do, too! – to make getting out there and moving a bit more exciting:
Trail run. Have you ever headed out into the woods on a path for a run? If not, you should! Once you get over the fear of being eaten by a bear, stomping on leaves and inhaling the scent of trees will get your juices flowing more than anything I know!
Do a fun run! These are all the rage these days. Check out mud runs, foam runs, and even color runs! I recently registered for my first crazy run: Color Me Rad. The kids can go, grandma can go, and everyone can have a blast! Friends of mine are doing a mud run complete with costumes. You might enjoy a princess half marathon (check Disney) or a water run (they’re doing one of these in Jacksonville this summer). Search active.com for options.
Do something NEW. I have always run; I have only done one triathlon. This May I will do my second. It is fun and challenging in a new way to train for this race. I’m incorporating cardio I don’t do as often, such as biking, and I’m excited – albeit nervous – about the race. My workout routines now vary, since arm strength is as important as leg strength in a tri.
Try different strength routines. Sometimes we focus so much on cardio we forget how important strength is in our daily lives. We need muscles to move our babies, carry groceries, and sprint to the car during a rainstorm. Plus lifting weights and doing strength increases the amount of calories your body burns by keeping them burning for hours after a routine. If you want ideas, check out hulu.com, which offers a variety of fitness videos (including several that feature Jillian from Biggest Loser). Buy a few fitness magazines and follow their routines. Take a new class at the gym, like Body Pump. All you need are a pair of weights and you can lift and tone at home!
How do you keep exercise exciting?