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How to: Beat exercise boredom

April 2012

Tis the season for an exercise lull...

But it's ok, it'll kick back in after Easter right? Hmm, well perhaps if those hot cross buns and chocolatey eggs hadn't been hunting us in the supermarket since New Years that would have been ok.

Yep, it's the exercise lull season. Where motivation for resolutions started at the beginning of the year begin to wane (or fall completely by the wayside). Summer sporting codes have come to a close and the first blast of an Arctic wind sends you deeper in to the couch with a cup of hot cocoa.

Or maybe you are just plain bored of walking up and down the same treadmill, staring at the same spot that you never get any closer to.

Either way, if you need to reinvigorate your view to exercise and shake off the excuses like the shedding of autumnal leaves, here's some tips to get you started:

  • Change is like a breath of fresh air so MIX IT UP (obvious perhaps, but effective, yes). Whether it's a new music playlist, change of location or time of day. Routines can be helpful but not when they make you yawn.
  • TRY SOMETHING NEW – give yourself a challenge to find something new to try.
  • PHONE A FRIEND – rather than hit the snooze button until the time has been and gone for that morning walk or swim, organise to meet a friend. You'll be less likely to let either of you down.
  • Make it a CHOICE not a chore. There's nothing more de-motivating than a ‘chore.' So make whatever you do ‘your choice.'
  • Have FUN. Make your choice something that you enjoy. It will help you stay motivated.

So let's get our groove on and start moving today ... rather than hope you'll start a hopping after Easter.

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