7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise

Do you have a problem of boredom during exercise? I know I sometimes do. I used to struggle with that a lot more in the past than I do today. Today when I get bored, I know what to do. This post is going to help you cure boredom during exercise.

 

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In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy exercise, we know we have to exercise. But sometimes the motivation to actually start exercising is there. But then we struggle with following through with our session out of boredom.

You are doing your routine, and you suddenly find yourself bored and tempted to stop. We know we cannot yield to that boredom. So then, how do we proceed to cure boredom if confronted by it?

 

What could be causing boredom during exercise in the first place?

That’s the question you have to ask first and foremost. If you’ve been doing your routine for months now, and suddenly boredom replaces your usual enthusiasm, then you need to identify where this boredom is coming from so you can now deal with it.

 

  • Tip #1: Maybe it’s time to change your routine

Maybe you’ve been doing what you are doing for way too long and your body is screaming at you to give it a change. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a routine if it works for you. But when you suddenly experience boredom, it might be time to change things.

Don’t worry. The change might be for a little while until your body can get excited again about the old routine. Cure boredom during exercise with this simple tip.

 

  • Tip #2: Maybe you just need to rest altogether

I know this one happens with me quite a lot. At first, I didn’t know what was happening. But I’ve since come to learn that when I’m bored, sometimes all I need to cure boredom is to rest from my workouts altogether.

I exercise on weekdays. So taking a rest from my workouts will last all of the 5 weekdays plus the weekend. And during this time I get a lot of rest, including enough sleep. I usually go back to my workouts the following Monday. And usually I’m excited to get back again even if it’s to my old routine.

So, next time you get bored, think about taking a rest from your workouts altogether as a way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #3: It might be time to get an exercise partner

Maybe you’ve been doing your workouts and they’ve been working for you. But suddenly you feel bored. Then maybe you need some company, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Everyone is taking on exercise now in an effort to adopt a healthy lifestyle. So, you won’t be in short supply of people to exercise with. Maybe one of your family members, or a friend, or a colleague.

Exercising with a partner enables you to not only avoid boredom but to actually be excited about making new goals and meeting them, so definitely consider taking on a partner to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #4: Change your environment

Sometimes your routine is not the problem; your environment could be your problem. And this is usually the case when you exercise indoors, perhaps at a gym. That same environment everyday, with perhaps the same equipment, and the same faces around you, could be triggering your boredom.

Don’t take this the wrong way. Having regulars at the gym makes you feel like part of the family. But maybe your body is screaming at you to get out into a different environment.

Next time you feel that boredom approaching, leave the gym and jog outside, or take a walk. Go to familiar places, and unfamiliar ones as long as you are safe. Exercising outside beats exercising inside any day, and it’s such a simple and fun way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #5: Go easy on your body

Maybe your workouts are too intense for your body. People who want to achieve results in a short period of time usually put themselves through ridiculously rigorous workout regimes.

Your body will definitely tell you if you push it too hard. So your boredom could stem from the fact that your body can’t handle your workouts, therefore go easy on your body.

Even if you love jogging and you feel like you do it effortlessly, go walking instead of jogging maybe two times out of the five of your workout days. Walking is easier on the body. Your body will appreciate the relief and you’ll cure boredom at the same time.

 

  • Tip #6: Don’t put off exercising until too late in the day

You are likely to be bored with your workout if you are too tired. If you work during the day and you wait until you get out of the office to exercise, then you might end up not exercising at all.

It’s usually hard to muster the motivation to exercise after a long day. Instead of pushing your workouts to the end of the day, try starting your days with them. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and exercise before you shower and go to work. You’ll feel better throughout your day, have more energy and will likely not have to deal with that kind of boredom again.

 

  • Tip #7: Exercise by doing what you love

This is perhaps the most important tip and all of the above tips are dependent on it. Do something you genuinely love. Don’t feel compelled to exercise a certain way because you know it works for so and so. Do what makes you happy and that will work for you.

If you love jogging, then jog. If it’s walking for you, then walk. Or maybe you like a sport like tennis, then great, go ahead and play tennis. You are much more likely to stick to something you like than something you don’t like. Please remember that.

 

The final word

Exercise is something everyone of us must do, and it was meant to be effortless and natural. If it’s anything but, then it’s time to look into what you are doing, identify problem areas and start fixing them.

That will put you in a place where you can cure boredom and exercise regularly for the long term, enabling you to actually enjoy your simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please adopt the above tips and watch your workouts transform into a constant practice. Remember to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

 

Check out this lifehacker.com post to make your workouts less boring.

This bodybuilding.com post is also worth reading.

 

 

 

 

How to stop binge eating

As I write this post on binge eating, I’m full beyond explanation, and this happens occasionally.

So it’s after dinner and I have all the classic aftermaths of binge eating.

  • I’m feeling guilty and thinking I should’ve stopped eating after the second helping. Or even the first one. And I tell myself this is the last time I do it.

But so far the guilt hasn’t weaned me off binge eating and at some time in the near future I always find myself back to stuffing my face.

 

  • If it happens on a Saturday, I always comfort myself by saying it’s the weekend and I’m allowed to enjoy myself. So then I always tell myself it’s alright if it happens the next day on Sunday too because I can always start my no binge eating life on Monday.

 

It’s excuse after excuse, and I can’t help it. But I know this habit has to go if I want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle .

 

A picture of a man binge eating

 

What is binge eating?

For those of you who love simple, non-scientific definitions like me, binge eating is simply eating more food than you need to a point where you feel uncomfortably full. It’s that uncontrollable moment where you just stuff food into your mouth and you can’t bring yourself to stop no matter what.

But you always feel ashamed and guilty afterwards, and yet you still go back to binge eating. This vicious cycle is one of the biggest diet challenges faced by people trying to accomplish a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

So am I saying that you are not the only one binge eating?

Absolutely. There are more people struggling with binge eating than you realize. Some more than others but it’s an extremely common problem, so please don’t feel alone.

 

So why am I binge eating?

The reasons for binge eating vary from person to person but the most common reasons are:

  • Boredom – You eat because there’s nothing else to do
  • Anxiety – You eat because you’re feeling anxious about something
  • Stress – You eat because you’re feeling stressed

But I’ve realized that for me, it’s also the less common reasons that lead me to overeat.

I could be feeling emotionally alright and still binge eat. There’s that greediness that occasionally takes over me and makes me want to eat more than I can handle, and I can’t explain what triggers it.

Some people say it’s still some underlying emotional issue that might not be obvious to me at the time.

It’s during such times that I find myself eating the kind of foods I don’t normally eat, food that I dislike even.

I’m not a fan of candy, and I’ve especially hated chocolate since I was a kid. But during a binge eating episode, I could find myself easily devouring a chocolate cake.

 

A picture of a person binge eating chocolate

 

So you must be wondering why I have a ‘how to stop binge eating’ post when I’m struggling with it myself.

The truth is, I used to binge eat more than I do now. In fact, I feel like I’m at a point where I can triumphantly say I’m on my way to conquering it. Believe me, I didn’t always feel this way.

You might disagree, but I feel like my victory after all those past failures more than qualifies me to write this post. I’m just an imperfect human being trying to express what worked for me to a world of other imperfect human beings.

So I just want to share with you the tips I implemented to reduce this habit.

 

So what did I do?

  • First I acknowledged that binge eating was a problem I had. I just called it that: a problem I had. I didn’t call it my problem because I hate taking ownership of bad things. It wasn’t mine, it was just something I hadn’t yet learned to control.

 

  • And that’s another thing people overlook. And this is very important. Don’t take ownership of binge eating. Don’t claim it as yours. It’s not yours. Realize it’s just a bad habit you picked up somewhere that you’ll soon be rid of. If you make it your own you won’t be able to get rid of it.

 

  • I determined what food meant to me. Before I got to where I am now, I prioritized food over everything else in my life. I lived to eat. But once I realized food was only meant to give me energy so I could carry out God’s work, food became something I ate to live, not the other way round. That really turned things around for me.

 

  • I reminded myself to stop eating once I felt full. I actually had to consciously track my food intake until I reached a point where I felt comfortably full.

I didn’t wait until I was too hungry. I ate just when I started feeling hungry. That way it was less difficult for me to stop when I was full.

 

  • I learned to eat and drink in one sitting. That way I didn’t overindulge.

 

  • I learned to eat more fruits and vegetables. Over consuming fruits and vegetables is still binge eating. But it’s funny how the brain will make you feel less guilty about overindulging on healthy food than you do on unhealthy food. But make no mistake, it’s still binge eating.

But going from binge eating unhealthy food to healthy food helped me tremendously. Eventually I graduated from binge eating fruits and veggies to just not overindulging at all. It was a process I had to be patient with.

 

Fruit to help you stop binge eating

 

  • Which brings me to patience. You have to be patient with yourself and realize this is not something you can accomplish in one day. It’s a process you have to respect. Patience is a virtue you have to learn to employ in life, not just with healthy eating.

 

You can employ these tips to help you on your journey of stopping binge eating so you can enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. Obviously these are not all the tips you can use, so do share with us your own tips.

 

The final word

There’s no reason to feel ashamed if you have a problem of binge eating. There are people out there who support you and want to guide you through quitting this habit and I’m one of those people.

 

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please let us know your thoughts on it. Share your struggles with binge eating and how you are trying to overcome it. Your thoughts are very valuable to us.