If you find your fitness goals constantly foiled by the fact that you are easily bored with the gym, there are two things you need to know: First, you’re not alone. Second, there are fun and easy ways to solve this problem. Read on to learn the five best ways to ditch your monotonous exercise routine and get fit without the boring grind:
1. Fix your form
Whatever your fitness goals are, you aren’t going to enjoy the journey if you keep setting yourself back with poor form; especially if it results in injuries. To combat this, and boost your motivation while you’re at it, a personal training studio can be your most powerful secret weapon. Though they are surprisingly affordable, if you don’t have the cash to throw down for regular sessions, then simply use the studio to set yourself on the right track, and then again if you feel your motivation weakening or your form lagging.
2. Learn new tricks
One of the best ways to get fit without the laborious grind-work is to learn a new active skill. This could be surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing, handstands, parkour, gymnastics, or anything that makes your heart skip with excitement. And if you’re thinking you’re too old to learn something challenging, know that there are skateboarding grannies out there, one of whom didn’t even start until she was 61.
3. Shake your booty
Music has such a potent effect on your mood and emotions that its ability to uplift and energize borders on the supernatural. You can harness this power and direct it towards your fitness goals in a number of ways. Throw on some classic 90s pop tunes and dance around your living room, take hip hop or salsa lessons, or make your favorite tunes the soundtrack for whatever workout you have planned. Get music involved, and your motivation will instantly receive a boost.
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5. Gamify your fitness
Gamification is the art of making anything awesome by turning its parameters into a game. If companies can make their call centers a fun place to work through gamification, then you can certainly do it with your fitness goals. If you were ever a fan of the Sims games, you won’t have any trouble doing this for yourself. However, if you’re a bit stumped on how to go about it, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you. One of the most famous of these is Zombies: Run, a storyline-based game played with headphones that tracks your outdoor fitness activity while occasionally scaring the pants off you. If the sound of zombies bearing down on you doesn’t get you running, nothing will. If you’ve been stuck in a fitness rut and are on the verge of giving up, take heart – there are plenty of ways to get in great shape while actually enjoying yourself. Start with good, safe form, learn something new and fun, add music to the mix, go on adventures, and gamify the whole process. Do all of the above and you’ll be fitter and happier in no time.