With the weather being beautiful outside, more people want to spend time outside and seem neglect their fitness workouts. Yes, it’s sometimes hard to use your home fitness equipment when you see the blue skies and the tress swaying to the breeze but you need to keep on track.
You were so excited to get that shiny new piece of exercise equipment and vowed to use it regularly. Now, you are tired of walking or pedaling to nowhere and dread the thought of exercising.
Use the following tips to make your workouts more interesting and they also help you to multi-task so that you have more free time to spend outside.
Music can help raise your energy and enthusiasm. Pick upbeat tunes for the main part of your workout, and use slower tunes to start off and end your routine. Or, you could just listen to your favorite radio station or CD.
Audio books can be a great way to pass the time. If you are interested in the book, you may even look forward to your workouts so that you can find out what happens next.
Television can be another way to make the time fly. You could watch your favorite shows or even watch a movie over several days. You might make the television off limits except when you are working out to give yourself extra motivation.
If you have a headset for your cell phone or telephone, this can be a great time to catch up on personal conversations. Note that you probably don’t want to conduct business or important conversations while exercising since you may get slightly out of breath, or the exercise equipment may be heard in the background.
Do you have a nice view from a window? Situate your equipment so that you can look outside. Watching wildlife or admiring beautiful scenery can keep you distracted from the tedium of your workout.
Try meditating while you are moving. Clear your mind, and focus on your body. Feel each movement and be mindful of your form. You can exercise both your mind and body at the same time.
Reading is another option. Again, if you get an interesting book and only allow yourself to read it while exercising, you can give yourself an extra push toward getting on that machine each day.
Brainstorm during your fitness time. Keep a pad of paper and pen handy, and jot down ideas that come to mind. You could make a to do list or write down plans for a new project. Or, think through potential solutions to a current problem that faces you.
Working on your laptop is another possibility. Specially made desks are available that can be adjusted so that you can use your computer while using a treadmill or exercise bike. You may have difficulty doing much typing, but you should be able to do light tasks such as reading email or surfing the net.
Don’t let your exercise equipment sit idle because you are bored with the whole idea of getting fit. You can make your workouts interesting and get fit at the same time.